19th Century American Literature

this survey of nineteenth-century American literature, students will engage
with rich texts in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and
autobiography. The course seeks to provide an overview of some of the major
literary movements of American literature in the nineteenth century. Students
will consider how these movements and genres helped critically recognized
American authors to frame and navigate the issues with which they were
concerned, including nationalism, nature, slavery, women’s rights, and
individualism. While the course aims to develop students’ familiarity with major
forms of literary expression in this period of literary history, it also works
toward introducing students to the critical vocabulary and interpretive tools that
will enable them to write about and discuss literature in an informed manner.


Course Requirements


Attendance and participation

Four two-page analytic responses

Two five-page critical papers

Reading quizzes

Final exam


Required Texts


James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of
the Mohicans

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN-10: 0486426785

ISBN-13: 978-0486426785

Black Hawk, Black Hawk: An

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN-10: 0252723252

ISBN-13: 978-0252723254

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of
the Life of Frederick Douglass

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN-10: 0486284999

ISBN-13: 978-0486284996

Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN-10: 0486280616

ISBN-13: 978-0486280615

Herman Melville, Billy Budd,
Sailor and Selected Tales

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN-10: 9780199538911

ISBN-13: 978-0199538911

Harold Frederic, The Damnation of
Theron Ware

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN-10: 0486497941

ISBN-13: 978-0486497945


from the works of Irving, Bryant, Apess, Hawthorne, Emerson, Poe, Fuller,
Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, and Chesnutt will be available on Laulima.