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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 340 • The American Novel before 1920

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33265 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 302
KEVORKIAN

Course Description

In our readings of earlier American novels, we will pay attention to religion as a thematic element as well as a structuring principle. For example, while reading early instances of the sentimental, the gothic, and the picaresque, we will conduct a speculative inquiry into how these novelistic genres might express some of the tendencies of conversion morphologies, including Puritan-approved and antinomian varieties. The tradition of the captivity narrative, which often overlaps with conversion narrative, will also play a part in our account. Although the question of religion as such will not command our entire focus, we will attempt to sustain a consistent concern with the interplay between narrative, genre, and conversion.

Grading Policy

Two short (5-6 page) papers and one slightly longer (6-8 page) term paper will make up the bulk of the final grade. Papers will be graded on a portfolio basis to afford opportunity and incentive for revisions. Attendance is mandatory; repeated unexcused absences will affect your grade. 

Essays 70%
Attendance, Response Writings, Participation 30%

Texts

Brown, The Power of Sympathy
Foster, The Coquette
Brown, Wieland
Melville, Typee
Fern, Ruth Hall
Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware
Supplementary readings will be made available during the semester

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