E s316K • Masterworks of Literature: American
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
This course surveys a large body of American literature beginning with the Puritan and colonial periods through the more or less present. Among several others we will read authors such as William Bradford, John Winthrop, Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Henry James, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, Americo Paredes, Flannery O'Connor, Bobbie Anne Mason, Sandra Cisneros and Joyce Carol Oates. I anticipate a discussion of these writers as individual artists but also as participants in articulating and complicating a particular vision of the "American" derived from the Puritans, the colonial period and the early Republic and extending its influence to the present. At each of our lectures, I will either provide historical-philosophical background for a particular period of literature and/or engage in a focused discussion of the literary texts assigned for that day.
One mid-term take-home essay exam 33%
One final take-home essay exam 67%