E s337 • American Literature from the Beginnings to 1865
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In this period, the interactions of literature, religion, and politics are particularly remarkable and important. We'll study the literature as a record of events, as an event in itself, and as a shaper of events that helped to shape our world today.
One of our overlapping contexts will be the interactions between Native American, European-derived, and African-derived peoples. The second will be the Euro-American efforts to establish political and cultural independence and extend national power and territory. And the third will be the ferment over personal and national identity--what an American is--including the divisions, partly over the issue of slavery, leading to the Civil War.
Exams, primarily essay. Also periodic short essays (called commentaries) in reply to study questions, to be used as a basis for discussion; credit will be given to contributions to discussion. Regular attendance is a course requirement.
Heath Anthology of American Literature