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ENGL 7733 American Fiction to 1870 (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

The course engages the origin and development of the American short story and novel, from local beginnings in sentimental fiction to its first maturity in the American Renaissance. Novels by Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Fanny Fern; stories by Irving, Poe, Melville, Bierce, and Harte. The contributions of such subgenres as the epistolary novel, bildungsroman, the historical novel, Gothic romance, and "woman's fiction" will be considered. Students are invited to incorporate pedagogical approaches and lesson plans into their coursework. The aim is to understand the work American fiction has done in the development of American political and cultural life


Instructor(s): James Wallace

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13