English N132

American Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2011 Breitwieser, Mitchell
Breitwieser, Mitchell
TuTh 2-4P note new room: 160 Kroeber

Other Readings and Media

Hawthorne, N.:  The Scarlet Letter; Twain, M.:  Huckleberry Finn; Fitzgerald, F. S.:  The Great Gatsby; Hurston, Z. N.:  Their Eyes Were Watching God; Islas, A.:  The Rain God; Robinson, M.:  Housekeeping


We will concentrate on the central issues deeded to the American novel by democratic ideology -- refusal and autonomy, loyalty, guilt, and atonement, futurity and the burden of the past -- and try to figure out how the formal innovations in the American novel are responses to those issues.

Requirements:  Two six-page essays, a final exam, and regular attendance and participation will be required.

This course is taught in Session C, from June 20 to August 12.

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