English 130A

American Literature: Before 1800

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2021 Otter, Samuel
Lectures TTh 1-2 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 1-2; sec. 102: F 2-3)

Book List

Brown, Charles Brockden: Edgar Huntly; Levine, Robert: Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vol. A: Beginnings to 1820 (9th Ed.); Miller, Perry: The American Puritans: Their Prose and Poetry; Rowson, Susanna: Charlotte Temple

Other Readings and Media

Photocopied Course Reader


This course will offer a survey of the literature in English produced in North America before 1800: competing British versions of settlement; Puritan history, sermons, and poetry; conversion, captivity, and slave narratives; diaries, journals, essays, and oratory; and eighteenth-century political debate, poetry, and novels. Authors will include William Bradford, John Winthrop, John Smith, Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, Mary Rowlandson, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, Susanna Rowson, and Charles Brockden Brown. Two midterms and one final examination will be required.

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

Discussion Sections

101 No instructor assigned yet.
F 1-2
102 No instructor assigned yet.
F 2-3

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