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ENGL 8838 American Literature: Puritans to Melville (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The traditional concepts of "literary canon," of "Masterpiece," and of the "uses" of literature are all currently in flux. This course surveys the traditional canon, from Early American Literature to the American Renaissance (William Bradford, to Herman Melville) and juxtaposes it with works that raise new-historical issues of gender, race and class (Mary Rowlandson, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass) in order to trace the changing contours of "American Literature." The concept of the "Puritan Origins of the American Self" will be a particular area of interrogation. Students will write a seminar paper.


Instructor(s): James Wallace

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13