English 130A

Junior Coursework: American Literature: Before 1800

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2007 Breitwieser, Mitchell
Breitwieser, Mitchell
TTh 9:30-11 50 Birge

Other Readings and Media

William Bradford: Of Plymouth Plantation; Mary White Rowlandson: The Sovereignty and Goodness of God; Jonathan Edwards: A Jonathan Edwards Reader; Thomas Jefferson: Notes on the State of Virginia; Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography; Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Life and Other Writings; Stephen Burroughs: Memoirs; some Xeroxed poems


I will lecture on the struggle to alter traditional modes of cultural understanding to account for the extraordinary circumstances of New World life as it is reflected and expressed in these books, together with the gradual emergence of novel social and political paradigms and linked transformations in the conception of personal identity. Two seven-page midterm essays and a final exam will be required.

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