English | American Fiction
L355 | 24766 | Jonathan Elmer

Jonathan Elmer

8:00a-9:15a TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

This course introduces students to a wide range of fiction from
nineteenth-century America.  The goal is to make you familiar with
some of the most interesting and important aspects of American
literary history, and to promote interpretive understanding of that
history through both oral and written analyses.  We will read a few
longer works, but our main focus for the semester will be on short
fiction.  Students can expect to read work by many of the following
authors:  Alcott, Bierce, Brown, Cable, Child, Crane, Dunbar, Davis,
Douglass, Harper, Hawthorne, Howells, Irving, James, Jewett,
Melville, Poe, Sedgwick, and Twain.

There will be regular notebook writings, two longer interpretive
papers, and a midterm and/or final.