English 130C

Upper Division Coursework: "American Literature--1865-1900:

The Making of Americans--U.S. Fiction from 1865 to 1914"

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2006 Snyder, Katherine
Snyder, Katherine
TTh 11-12:30 213 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Readings for the course will include most if not all of the following (please wait until after the first class meeting to purchase your books): Twain, M.: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Gates, H, ed.: Three Negro Classics; James, H.: The Turn of the Screw; Chopin, K.: The Awakening; Wharton, E.: The House of Mirth; Crane, S.: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets; plus a photocopied reader of shorter writings by Charles Chesnutt, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Pauline Hopkins, Jessie Fauset, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jacob Riis, Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, Finley Peter Dunne, Bret Harte, Frank Norris, Jack London, and Sui Sin Far.


"We will read a diverse selection of writing, predominantly prose fiction, published in the U.S. between the Civil War and World War I, a period of rapid urbanization, industrialization, and (im)migration that gave rise to new cultural figures such as The New Negro, the New Woman, and the New Immigrant. The course will be organized into three thematic units: the so-called ""Negro Problem"" (concerning representations of African Americans in the Post-Reconstruction era); the ""Woman Question"" (concerning representations of elite, native-born, white women in the age of the New Woman); and the ""New Immigration"" (concerning representations of Irish and Chinese immigrants in a period of intense nativism). Each unit will include texts by writers who considered themselves members of these cultural groups as well as texts by those who did not. We will ask what plot trajectories and narrative stances were available and/or negotiable for mapping these cultural identities, both from within and without.

In addition to written essays, there will be frequent short pop quizzes testing knowledge of material from readings and lecture; regular attendance and active participation in discussions are required. "

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