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AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1900: ENGL 312
Essential skills and/or outcomes to be acquired through the course include:
1) an ability to render close textual analysis and close reading of works of American literature;
2) an ability to synthesize information from multiple texts;
3) an ability to express clear, cogent ideas;
4) an ability to render thoughtful and well-written essays, with thesis, textual support, and analysis;
5) the cultivation of aesthetic and critical judgments about literature;
6) an understanding of the philosophic, critical, and cultural ideas from which the literature of the US evolved;
7) an understanding of relevant literary periods.
PRE-CONTACT AND EXPLORATION LITERATURE
Native American Narrative, Poetry, or Oration
Explorers: Christopher Columbus, John Smith, De Las Casas or other writer
COLONIAL AND EARLY REPUBLIC LITERATURE
New England Puritan Leaders (choose one): William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation (selections) or John Winthrop, "A Model of Christian Charity"
Puritan Poetry: Anne Bradstreet or Edward Taylor, selected poems
Phillis Wheatley, selected poems
European/African/Native American Contact Literature (choose one): Mary Rowlandson, "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson"; Samson Occom, "A Short Narrative of My Life"; Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (selections)
Spiritual Autobiography/Narrative (choose one): Jonathan Edwards, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" or "Personal Narrative"; Elizabeth Ashbridge, Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge (selections); John Woolman, The Journal of John Woolman (selections)
Benjamin Franklin, selected writings
Washington Irving, selected writings
Transcendentalism and Romanticism
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature," selections from other essays, selected poems
Henry David Thoreau, selections from Walden
Margaret Fuller, selections from Women in the 19 th Century
Lydia Maria Child, selections from An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Citizens Called Africans and selections from "Letters from New York "
Fanny Fern, "A Law More Nice than Just," "Hints to Young Housewives," "Mrs. Adolphus Smith Sporting the Blue Stocking," "The Working Girls of New York "
Harriet Jacobs Selections from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Frederick Douglass Selections from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Philosophy of Composition," "Review of Hawthorne 's Twice-Told Tales," selected tales and poems
Nathaniel Hawthorne, a generous selection of the tales
Herman Melville, "Hawthorne and His Mosses," Benito Cereno ; Billy Budd, Sailor ; selected poems
A novel or selections from one of the following:
Louisa May Alcott, Hospital Sketches
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Catherine Maria Sedgwick , Hope Leslie
Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron-Mills
Walt Whitman, "Preface" to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass , representative poems from as many sections of Leaves of Grass as possible
Emily Dickinson, selected letters and poems
AMERICAN LITERATURE 1865 - 1900
Select one novel by Mark Twain, Henry James, or Edith Wharton
Select either "Editha" by William Dean Howells or "The Yellow Wall-paper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Select two to three short works that demonstrate gendered, racial, and geographic diversity by Rose Terry Cooke, Bret Harte, Joel Chandler Harris, Sarah Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Charles W. Chesnutt, Alice Dunbar Nelson, and Jack London
Select two works from the following:
Frank Norris, "Fantasie Printaniere," excerpts from Vandover and the Brute
Stephen Crane, "The Open Boat," Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
Theodore Dreiser, excerpts from Sister Carrie
James Weldon Johnson, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Sport of the Gods
Select two to three autobiographical excerpts that demonstrate gendered, racial/ethnic, class, and geographic diversity by Henry Adams, Sarah Winnemucca, Booker T. Washington, Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa), and Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa)
Select three to four excerpts from among writings by William James, Ida B. Wells, George Santayana, and W. E. B. Du Bois
Henry James, "The Art of Fiction"
And one selection from the following:
William Dean Howells, "Novel-Writing and Novel-Reading"
George Santayana, excerpts from Essays in Literary Criticism . . .
W. E. B. Du Bois, "Criteria of Negro Art"
Frank Norris, "A Plea for Romantic Fiction"
Select several representative poems by Frances E. W. Harper, Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt, Emma Lazarus, Edgar Lee Masters, Edwin Arlington Robinson, James Weldon Johnson, and Paul Laurence Dunbar