E 372M • American Realism-W
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
We will read selected works of American Realism, Regionalism, and Naturalism from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Our methodology will involve 1) detailed attention to the language and form of these works, and 2) careful attempts to relate them to their social contexts. Among the (many, I hope) questions that we will consider: What sorts of experiences, activities, even people get represented as somehow "realer" than others? What role do notions of "masculinity" and femininity play in how these works define and then relate to the really, really Real? How do these works respond to changing economic and social conditions, including the growth of consumer capitalism, the emergence of the New Women, and the strengthening of Jim Crow segregation in the South?
(the details may be shifted) This class will involve a lot of writing, including several informal 1-page "focused responses," two 2-page papers, one 3-4 page paper, and one 5-7 page paper. You will also be responsible for an ungraded class presentation. Pop quizzes will be given as necessary to make sure you are keeping up with the reading. The following percentages may be shifted somewhat before the term begins. Focused responses, quizzes, and class participation 25% Two 2-page papers 30% 3-4 page paper 20% 5-7 page paper 25%
Kate Chopin, The Awakening Hamlin Garland, Main-Travelled Roads Charles Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition Henry James, The Bostonians Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets