English | American Literature 1800-1865
L351 | 4898 | George Hutchinson


L351 4898 AMERICAN LITERATURE 1800-1865
George Hutchinson

11:15a-12:05p MWF (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

This course focuses on one of the most exciting and creative periods
in American literary history.  It begins in the period of national
formation and ends with the onset of the national crisis that would
be the Civil War.  The course will survey a range of texts from the
period, with particular attention to the relation of literary
imagination to the processes of national self-definition, imperial
expansion, and political conflagration.  This topic necessarily
entails the treatment of racial identity and class formation as well
as conceptions of domesticity and authorship.  Complementary to the
investigation of such substantive issues, the course will look at
the various ways in which American authors attempted to distinguish
their work formally from earlier models of the literary.  I will
also try to incorporate some discussion of other arts of the period,
including painting and popular theatre.  Authors will be drawn from
among the following:  Washington Irving, William Cullen Bryant,
Edgar Allan Poe, Lydia Maria Child, James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph
Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman
Melville, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Beecher Stowe,
Harriet Wilson, and Walt Whitman.

In addition to the reading, requirements will include brief informal
writing assignments/quizzes, two formal papers, and two exams.