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ENGL 4410 American Fiction to 1860 (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The origin and development of the American tradition in the novel, from its local beginnings in sentimental fiction to its international triumph. We will read novels by such authors as Charles Brockden Brown, Catherine Sedgwick, James Fenimore Cooper, William Wells Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Elizabeth Stoddard. The contributions of such subgenres as the epistolary novel, bildungsroman, the historical novel, Gothic romance, and "woman's fiction" will be considered. The aim of the course is to understand the work American novels have done in the development of American political and cultural life.


Instructor(s): James Wallace

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement


Last Updated: 16-May-16