English and American Literature S-70
American Literature: A Survey of Major Writers from the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century4 units
This course will offer close readings of selected novels, short fiction, poetry, and drama in the context of American cultural history and of international literary developments. Topics include colonial writing; neoclassical poetry; sentimental, Gothic, and historical fiction; the rise of the short story; the American Renaissance; realism and local color writing; melodrama and the growth of serious modern drama; and modernism, with some focus on writers such as John Winthrop, Cotton Mather, Edward Taylor, Phillis Wheatley, Royall Tyler, William Hill Brown, Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Henry James, Charles Chesnutt, Gertrude Stein, T. S. Eliot, Eugene O'Neill, William Faulkner, and Arthur Miller.
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