English | American Literature 1865-1914
L352 | 1894 | Lohmann


11:15a-12:05p MWF (70) 3 cr.

Rather than attempting to present a "survey" of the major authors,
this course focuses on a number of issues and problems relevant to
different kinds of texts written during this period of enormous
social change in America. These issues will be defined during the
first half of the semester on the basis of reading works by four
women (R.H. Davis, C.P. Gilman, S.O. Jewett, and Edith
Wharton), three African American writers (B.T. Washington,
W.E.B. DuBois, and J.W. Johnson), and several writers dealing
with life in the cities (H. Alger, J. Riis, and T. Dreiser). The next
segment of the semester will deal with two very different writers --
Stephen Crane and Henry James -- with half of the class
concentrating on one and the other half on the other author. The
semester will conclude with a study of some of the modern critical
controversies and differences in interpretation of Mark Twain's
HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Intensive class discussion, three papers,
and one or two in-class essays will be required.