English 130A

American Literature: Before 1800

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2022 Tamarkin, Elisa
TTh 11-12:30 Dwinelle 88


A survey of English-language American literature to 1800. We will read 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; the language of liberty, rights, and representation; the rise of the novel in America; evangelism and secularism; the rhetorics of slavery and abolition; and the price of independence. 

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