English N132

American Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2010 Mitchell Breitwieser
MW 2-4 2040 Valley Life Sciences building

Other Readings and Media

The Scarlet Letter, by N. Hawthorne; Huckleberry Finn, by M. Twain; The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Z.N. Hurston; The Rain God by A. Islas;  Housekeeping, by M. Robinson


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.
Requirements:  Two six-page essays, a final exam, and regular attendance and participation will be required.

This course is taught in session C, from June 21st to August 13th.

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