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ENGL 8806 American Literatures of Slavery & Abolition (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

In this seminar we will examine nineteenth-century American literature by focusing on the theme of slavery and abolition. We will consider this theme’s influence on several important literary genres, including slave narratives, sentimental novels, gothic short stories, as well as popular print forms such as pamphlets and newspapers. Authors covered include Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, and Mark Twain. Alongside scholarship that situates our readings within different literary and historical contexts, we’ll also read and discuss pedagogical material to consider strategies for teaching American literature of slavery and abolition.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Adam Lewis

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17