English 246I

Graduate Proseminar: American Literature to 1855

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2015 Otter, Samuel
Thurs. 3:30-6:30 186 Barrows

Book List

Bird, Robert Montgomery: Sheppard Lee; Brown, William Wells: Clotel; or, the President's Daughter; Cooper, James Fenimore: The Crater; Crafts, Hannah: The Bondwoman's Narrative; Fuller, Margaret: Woman in the Nineteenth Century; Hawthorne, Nathaniel: Blithedale Romance; Howe, Julia Ward: The Hermaphrodite; Judd, Sylvester: Margaret; Melville, Herman: Pierre; Poe, Edgar Allan: Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings ; Prince, Mary: The History of Mary Prince; Sedgwick, Catharine Maria: The Linwoods; Simms, William Gilmore: The Partisan; Stoddard, Elizabeth: The Morgesons; Sweat, Margaret Jane Mussey: Ethel's Love Life; Thompson, John: The Life of John Thompson

Other Readings and Media

Course reader including criticism, short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, and Robert Reed's The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict


In this course, we will read widely in U.S. fiction and other narrative forms in the first half of the nineteenth century, bringing together the old and the new, the canonical and the peripheral, the long-in-print and the recently rediscovered. We will seek to take stock of the differences that such combinations and reorientations make for our understanding of literary studies. In addition, we will read a range of criticism dealing with the texts and with topics established and emerging. 

This course satisfies the Group 4 (Nineteenth Century) requirement.

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