English 246I

Graduate Pro-seminar: American Literature to 1855

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2008 Otter, Sam
TTh 12:30-2 123 Dwinelle

Other Readings and Media

Austen, J.: Sense and Sensibility; Brown, C. B.: Wieland; Cooper, J. F.: The Prairie; Dickens, C.: Bleak House; Douglass, F.: My Bondage and My Freedom; Equiano, O.: Interesting Narrative; Fern, F.: Ruth Hall; Franklin, B.: Autobiography; Fuller, M.: Woman in the Nineteenth Century; Irving, I.: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon; Lewis, M.: The Monk; Melville, H.: Great Short Works; Scott, W.: Rob Roy; Sterne, L.: Sentimental Journey; Webb, F. J.: The Garies and Their Friends; Wollstonecraft, M.: Mary and The Wrongs of Woman; photocopied Course Reader


We will consider American prose literature from the late-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century in a transatlantic context. We will analyze literary influence as it travels, in some familiar and some surprising ways, between North America and England , Scotland , and Ireland . As we do, we will take stock of recent work in transatlantic studies (Giles, Gilroy , Linebaugh and Rediker, Tamarkin, Tennenhouse, and others). Course requirements include two 8-10 page essays and one or two oral presentations.

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