HUMS 638
The Great American Novel

Sean McCann           

Assignments
  • A 10-15 page research paper on the work of any novelist who might conceivably have been covered by this course (50% of final grade
  • Four 2-3 page response papers (50% of final grade)
Texts

James Fenimore Cooper, The Pioneers
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick--or The Whale
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
Willa Cather, My Antonia
Richard Wright, Native Son
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Supplemental readings on electronic and standard reserve at Olin (r)

Course Schedule
September 14 Course Introduction
September 21

Cooper, The Pioneers
Group A papers due

September 28

Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
recommended:
Preface to The House of the Seven Gables (r)
Group B papers due

September 30

Melville, Moby-Dick
recommended:
“Hawthorne and his Mosses”; letters to Hawthorne (r)
Group A papers due

October 5

Moby-Dick
Group B papers due

October 12

Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Group A papers due

October 19

Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
recommended:
“Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses”; W. D. Howells, “Novel-Reading and Novel Writing” (r)
Group B papers due

October 26

James, The Portrait of a Lady
recommended:
“The Art of Fiction” (r)
Group A papers due

November 2

Wharton, The House of Mirth
recommended:
Introduction; “The Great American Novel” (r)
Group B papers due

November 9

Cather, My Antonia
recommended:
“The Novel Demeublé” (r)
Group A papers due

November 16

Wright, Native Son
recommended:
“Blueprint for Negro Writing” (r)
Group B papers due

November 30

Ellison, Invisible Man
recommended:
“The World and the Jug” (r)
Group A papers due

December 7

Ellison, Invisible Man
Group B papers due

December 16 Final Papers Due
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