English N132

The American Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2014 Breitwieser, Mitchell
TTh 2-4 105 North Gate

Book List

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby; Hawthorne, N.: The Scarlet Letter; Hurston, Z. N.: Their Eyes Were Watching God; Islas, A.: The Rain God; Robinson, Marilynne: Housekeeping; Twain, M.: 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 exam, and regular attendance and participation will be required. 

This course will be taught in Session C, which runs from June 23 to August 15.

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