English N132

American Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2012 Breitwieser, Mitchell
TTh 2-4 141 McCone

Book List

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby; Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter; Hurston, Zoara Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God; Islas, Arturo: The Rain God; Robinson, Marilynne: Housekeeping; Twain, Mark: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


We will concentrate on the central issues deeded to the American novel by democratic ideology -- refusal and autonomy, loyalty, guilt, and atonement, futurity and the burden of the past -- and try to figure out how the formal innovations in the American novel are responses to those issues.

Two six-page essays, a final quiz, and regular attendance will be required.

This course will be taught in Session C, from June 19 to August 9.


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