English 135AC

Upper Division Coursework: Literature of American Cultures: American Fictions of Self-Formation


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2005 Wardley, Lynn
TTh 12:30-2 22 Warren

Other Readings and Media

Brown, C.B.: Wieland, or, The Transformation; Hawthorne, N.: The Scarlet Letter; DuBois, W.E.B.: Souls of Black Folk; Chopin, K.: The Awakening; Larsen, N.: Quicksand; Wharton, E.: The Age of Innocence; Glaspell, S.: Plays by Susan Glaspell; Gilman, C. P.: The Yellow Wallpaper; Treadwell, S.: Machinal; Islas, A.: The Rain God; Paredes, A.: The Hammon and the Beans

Description

We will read a variety of American novels, short stories and plays, exploring how specific biological, evolutionary, mythic, psychological and philosophical accounts of the human individual shape the author's vision of a self's formation in relation to history, the family, the race, the crowd, Nature, the unconscious, the nation, la frontera, technology, houses and rooms. Authors include Walt Whitman, Charles Brockden Brown, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, W. E. B. Du Bois, Nella Larsen, Susan Glaspell, Edith Wharton, Sophie Treadwell, Kate Chopin, Americo Paredes, Maria Helena Viramontes and Arturo Islas.

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