English 130C

American Literature: 1865-1900


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2022 Tamarkin, Elisa
TuTh 3:30-5 GSPP 150

Description

A survey of major works of U.S. literature after the Civil War, with special attention to artistic experimentation in these years and to the rise of "realism" in literature.  The "Gilded Age" put unprecedented faith in ideals of progress and individualism, in economic expansion and big business.  It also was marked by all the problems of Reconstruction, by racial injustice and the rise of Jim Crow laws, by deep poverty, and by unresolved debates about the role of the federal government in social welfare.  Writers responded to this moment in a variety of surprising ways that also reflected on literature’s uncertain status as a medium of social protest or else as a separate realm outside the new social realities that were made visible to readers like never before.  Our authors will include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Stephen Crane, William Dean Howells, Charles Chesnutt, Mark Twain, Jacob Riis, Henry James, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Edith Wharton.

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