English | American Literature 1800-1865
L351 | 1893 | Gutjahr

2:30p-3:45p TR (30) 3 cr.

American publishing experience unprecedented, exponential
growth during the first half of the nineteenth century. An emerging
market economy, widespread religious revival, reforms in
education, and innovations in print technology worked together to
create a culture increasingly formed and framed by the power of
print. While debates raged about whether the United States even
had its own literature, other debates concerning American printed
material appeared as well. In the cultural turbulence of the first half
of the nineteenth century when Catharine Beecher stood as just one
of many voices proclaiming that the very survival of the United
States depended on the existence of virtuous citizenry, a wide
range of individuals debated just what Americans should conceive
to be virtuous thought and behavior. This course will examine
these debates on morality and ethics through the examination of
the most popular works of fiction and non-fiction to appear in the
first six decades of the nineteenth century. There will be frequent
reading quizzes and both shorter and longer papers.

Texts may include:
CHARLOTTE TEMPLE by Susannah Rowson
HOPE LESLIE by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
QUAKER CITY by George Lippard
UNCLE TOM'S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe