English 130C

American Literature: 1865-1900

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2008 Fielding, John David
Fielding, John
TTh 2-3:30 110 Barrows

Other Readings and Media

Jacobs, H.: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Twain, M.: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur�s Court; Gilman, C. P.: The Yellow Wallpaper; Crane, S.: Maggie, a Girl of the Streets; Jewett, S.O.: The County of the Pointed Firs; James, H.: The Turn of the Screw; Chopin, K.: The Awakening; Norris, F.: McTeague; Chesnutt, C.: The Marrow of Tradition; Berkman, A.: Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist; Course Reader (consisting of works by Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman)


"American Literature Between the Wars (Civil and World War One). This course will survey American Literature from the Civil War into the early twentieth century in order to explore the ways in which changes wrought on the American landscape by war, urbanization, industrialization and immigration are reflected in the evolution of American poetry and prose in both style and content. Beginning with slavery and the Reconstruction, we will trace the shifting contours of American identity into the Gilded Age and beyond as it is altered by competing notions of race, gender and politics Such literary movements as Realism and �local color� will also occupy our attention.

There will be two out-of-class essays as well as an in-class midterm and final examination. Although this is primarily a lecture course, be prepared also to participate in open discussion and for the occasional reading quiz. "

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