EN 8553
American Literature to the Civil War

montage of figures

Focus on literature (mostly prose) of about 1800-1865. Possible rubric:

Sentiment(s), Higher and Lower. Along with traditionally canonical works by the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, and Hawthorne, we will consider such popular successes as Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom,
Rowson's Charlotte Temple: A Tale of Truth (including a chapter titled "Which Persons Void of Feeling Need Not Read"), Brown's Wieland: Or, the Transformation (biloquism, ventrilocution, and other deviant behaviors among the wealthy), selections from Harris's Sut Lovingood ("Yarns Spun by a Nat'ral Born Durn Fool"), Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly, and Melville's Typee (stirring times among the cannibals).

Th 3:30-6:00
Dr. Little