ENGL 937 (1SY) - Seminar: Studies in 19th Century American Literature

Sem/19th C American Literature

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 56100
May be repeated.
Section Comments: Special Topic: TBA
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Instructors: Brigitte Bailey

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 W 9:10am - 12:00pm ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

Seminar.  Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: National Space in Early Republican and Antebellum Writings

This seminar will consider texts in the period, 1790-1865, as expressions integrally involved in the cultural work of nation-building and in the project of imagining nationally significant spaces. In this era of self-conscious effort to create a “national” literature, writers negotiate an imperative to situate—to locate—the abstractly conceived and non-geographically defined republic. We will examine representations of domestic, pastoral, urban, and “wilderness” spaces in characteristic genres of the time: predominantly fiction, but also lyric poetry, architecture and domestic manuals, a slave narrative, urban journalism, and an “excursion” into nature. And we’ll consider the figures—citizens and non-citizens—positioned in and by these spaces. The course will engage critical readings from the fields of cultural geography, gender and race studies, ecocriticism, history, architectural and visual studies, as well as literary criticism. Texts may include: Charles Brockden Brown’s Arthur Mervyn, Catharine Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie; Or, Early Times in the Massachusetts, Andrew Jackson Downing’s The Architecture of Country Houses, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Civil Disobedience, Henry Bibb’s The Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb: An American Slave, and Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall. Oral reports, a short mid-semester paper, and a 20-page seminar paper.

Booklist

Book Details
RUTH HALL+OTHER WRITINGS (86)
by FERN
Required
ISBN
978081351168
PUBLISHER
UCP
ARCHITECTURE OF COUNTRY HOUSES (69)
by DOWNING
Required
ISBN
978048622003
PUBLISHER
DOVER
HOPE LESLIE (98)
by SEDGEWICK
Required
ISBN
978014043676
PUBLISHER
PENG RAND
LIFE+ADVENTURES OF HENRY BIBB:AM.SLAVE (01)
by BIBB
Required
ISBN
978029916894
PUBLISHER
UCP
BLITHEDALE ROMANCE (03)
by HAWTHORNE
Required
ISBN
978048642684
PUBLISHER
DOVER
ARTHUR MERVYN (08)
by BROWN
Required
ISBN
978087220921
PUBLISHER
HACKETT
WALDEN (97)
by THOREAU
Required
ISBN
978019953806
PUBLISHER
OXF
UNCLE TOM'S CABIN (3RD 18)
by STOWE
Required
ISBN
978039328378
PUBLISHER
NORTON
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