English N130A

American Literature: Before 1800

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2012 Tamarkin, Elisa
MTuTh 4-6 88 Dwinelle

Book List

Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vol. A: Beginnings to 1820 (seventh edition); Brown, Charles Brockden: Wieland; Rowson, Susanna: Charlotte Temple


This course provides a survey of English-language American literature to 1800.  We will explore a wide range of texts from narratives of discovery and exploration through the literature of the American Revolution and the formations of an early national culture.  Topics to be discussed include: the role of Puritanism in American society, ethnic difference and the experience of the frontier, evangelism and secularism, the social makings of the new republic, the rise of the novel in America, and the literary place of women and slaves.  Readings will also address the language of rights and representation within a revolutionary culture that staged encounters between the will to independence and the respect for history.  Authors will include William Bradford, John Winthop, Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Cotton Mather, Samuel Sewell, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Olaudah Equiano, Royall Tyler, Susanna Rowson, Hannah Foster, and Charles Brockden Brown.

Note that English N130A satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

This course will be taught in Session D, from July 2 to August 9.


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