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ENG142 - Early American Literature


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E. Osucha

Course Long Title

Early American Literature


The diverse traditions that comprise colonial American literature, from the early seventeenth century to the late eighteenth, arguably not only culminated in the creation of a national literature but in the nation itself. This course tests this thesis through a broad range of readings, including scholarly texts and historical documents, and ranging from fifteenth- and sixteenth-century European accounts of "New World" exploration through the turn of the nineteenth century, includingthe emergence of a distinctive tradition of the American novel. Additional course readings may include representations of early America in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. In considering the nation’s early history in relation to its early literature, students examine what might have been alongside what came to be, as debates over slavery, revolution and war, women’s roles, models of governance, and indigenous peoples’ rights played out in prose, verse, and oration.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(English: Pre-1800)

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