Carr House 212
Office M 2-3, W 3-4 and by appt.
Carr House 328
MW 9:30-11 and by appt.
Part I: Journeys to New Worlds
Part II: Liberty and Slavery in the "Black Atlantic"
Part III: Seduction and Diaspora in the 18th-century Novel
Part IV: Cultures of Enlightenment, Taste and Refinement
Part V: The Literature of Politics
Part VI: Nature, Culture and Society
This course is the second part the Literatures in English sequence. It a selective exploration of literatures in English produced on both sides of the Atlantic between 1688 and 1865. We will read a range of texts that enables us to compare literary articulations of generic, cultural, and political developments of this era in a transatlantic context. These literary texts include spiritual autobiography, travel narrative, slave narrative, poetry, the essay, and the novel. The course emphasizes the theme of individual and collective quests for identity as well as the emergence of "literature" as a distinct category of writing.
Students are expected to attend the lectures and participate in section meetings. These meetings are designed to promote discussion of the course (and sometimes outside) readings and to focus on the course's writing assignments.
Students are required to write two 3-5 page essays, one 5-8
page essay. The final examination will cover the entire semester's readings. Please
see the class schedule below for due dates. Essays are due in lecture that day.
All topics will be distributed in advance, and students will have several options
for each essay assignment.
The course's teaching assistants will run the section meetings and grade essays and the final exam. Please discuss your paper topic with your TA as you work on it; you may consult the lecturers as well but be sure to speak with your TA first.
First Essay: 15%
Second Essay: 15%
Third Essay: 25%
Final Exam 35% (Final exam is on Thursday, May 9th, 9am)
Section meeting-work: 10%
Please note that 3 or more absences from section
meetings may result in a grade of "NC".
Late papers will not be accepted unless arrangements are made at least a day before they are due.
The Norton Anthologv of English Literature, vol. 1-2 (NAEL)
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, vol. 1 (NAAL)
Daniel Defoe. Moll Flanders (Norton Critical Edition)
Child, Lydia Maria. Hobomok. (Rutgers University Press)
*Please note that students
should read the introductions to all of the writers listed below. They should
also read the historical introductions provided in the Norton anthologies.
Week of January 21: Course Introduction: English Literatures in Transatlantic Contexts
Week of April 8:
William Wordsworth. Poems from and preface to Lyrical Ballads (NAEL 2: 219-51)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge. "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and chapter 14 of Biographia Literaria (NAEL 2: 422-39, 478-83)
Ralph Waldo Emerson. "The Poet," "Experience" (NAAL 1144-73)
Walt Whitman, Preface to Leaves of Grass, Poems from Calamus (NAAL: 2080-95, 2153-61)
Week of April 15:
Introduction to "The Victorian Age" (NAEL 2: 1043-65)
"Industrialism: or Decline?" (NAEL 2: 1696-1712)
Thomas Carlyle. Past and Present (NAEL 2: 1110-15)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Aurora Leigh (NAEL 2: 1180-95)
Mathew Arnold. "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" (NAEL 2: 1514-28)
John Ruskin. The Stones of Venice (NAEL 2: 1432-43)
Alfred Lord Tennyson. "The Lady of Shalott" (NAEL 2: 1204-08)
Oscar Wilde. The Critic as Artist (NAEL 2: 1752-60)
Week of April
Lydia Maria Child, Hobomok: A Tale of Early Times
William Apess, "An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man" (NAAL: 1045-51)
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