The seminar will give an overview of representative American literary works in their cultural context from the colonial period to the end of the nineteenth century.
• Regular class attendance and participation
• Presentation on a chosen theme
• Weekly reading log (if you miss more than two weekly entries, your entire work fails)
• Essay of 2 500 words due May 9, and its oral presentation.
Calendar of meetings and assignments
| |Themes, authors, primary texts |Critical reading |
|Feb 8 |Introductions | ...view middle of the document...
|CLHUS: “Biography and Autobiography” |
| |From: Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography. | |
| |From Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative. | |
|Mar 7 |Neoclassical and Romantic poetry |CLHUS: “William Cullent Bryant and the Fireside |
| |Phillis Wheatley: “On Being Brought from Africa…” |Poets” |
| |Philip Freneau: “On the Emigration to America,” |CLHUS: ”Poetry in the Early Republic” |
| |“The Indian Burying Ground” | |
| |W. Cullen Bryant: “To a Waterfowl,” “the Prairies” | |
| |Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “I Shot an Arrow” | |
|Mar 14 |The Literature of the Frontier |IAS: “The Frontier West” |
| |Washington Irving: “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” |CLHUS: “Washington Irving and the Knickerbocker |
| |From: James Fenimore Cooper: The last of the Mohicans |Group” |
| | |CLHUS: “James Fenimore Cooper and the Writers of the |
| | |Frontier” |
|Mar 21 |The Culture and the Literature of the Old South |IAS: “The Old South” |
| |Edgar Allan Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, |CLHUS: “Edgar Allan Poe and the Writers of the Old |
| |The Fall of the House of Usher, |South” |
| |The Raven | |
|Mar 28 |The Black Experience of the Old South |CLHUS: “Social Discourse and Nonfictional Prose” |
| |From: Frederick Douglass: The Narrative… | |
| |From: Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin | ...