The Great American Novel
09/11/2006 - 12/16/2006
Thursday 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Fisk Hall 412
In this survey of classic works of American fiction, we will focus on texts celebrated not just for their literary achievement but also for their aspiration to define the nature of American life and the aesthetic forms suitable to it. This course will make an effort to trace both some of the lasting continuities in those assumptions and the ways they have changed over two centuries.
Major readings will include: Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter; Melville, Moby Dick; Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin; James, Portrait of a Lady; Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Wharton, House of Mirth; Cather, My Antonia; Wright, Native Son; Ellison, Invisible Man; Cooper, Pioneers.
A syllabus for this course is available at:
Sean McCann (B.A. Georgetown University; Ph.D. City University of New York) is professor of English and American studies. He is author of A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government, (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Gumshoe America: Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism (Duke University Press, 2000). He was awarded Wesleyan's 2004 Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Click here for more information about Sean McCann.
Consent of Instructor Required: No
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
Willa Cather, MY ANTONIA, Paperback
James Fenimore Cooper, THE PIONEERS, Paperback
Theodore Dreiser, SISTER CARRIE, Paperback
Ralph Ellison, INVISIBLE MAN, Paperback
Nathanael Hawthorne, SCARLET LETTER, Paperback
Herman Melville, MOBY DICK, Paperback
Harriet Beecher Stowe, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, Paperback
Mark Twain, ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, Paperback
Edith Wharton, HOUSE OF MIRTH, Paperback
Richard Wright, NATIVE SON, Paperback
READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323
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