English 130A

American Literature: Before 1800

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2019 Tamarkin, Elisa
TTh 12:30-2 214 Haviland


This course provides a survey of English-language American literature to 1800. We will explore a wide range of texts from narratives of colonial settlement through the literature of the American Revolution, the Constitutional Convention, and the early republic. Topics to be discussed include: the role of Puritanism in American society; evangelism and secularism; the language of liberty, rights, and representation; the rise of the novel in America; and the rhetoric of slavery.  Authors will include William Bradford, John Winthrop, Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Olaudah Equiano, Thomas Paine, Hannah Foster, Charles Brockden Brown, and Washington Irving.

This class satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

Note:  On Nov. 9 the time of this class was changed to TTh 12:30-2. There will no longer be discussion sections.

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