ENGL 3102/6420: American Literature from the Rise of Realism

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Faulkner audio files

Southern Audiobook Library

Course Schedule (this is for the face-to-face class only):

Date Class Topic Reading Due
1 W 1/11 Introduction to the course; historical and thematic overview of American literature
F 1/13 Attend MLK celebration at Paine College
2 M 1/16 Martin Luther King Day no class meeting
W 1/18 Critical perspectives Howells, from Criticism and Fiction (51-54); other readings assigned in class
F 1/20 The New American Voice Twain, “Jim Smiley…” (61-67); listen to Harris selections online
3 M 1/23 New Regionalisms Jewett, “A White Heron” (193-201)
W 1/25 Regionalist novel Cather, O Pioneers!
F 1/27 Regionalist novel Cather, O Pioneers!
4 M 1/30 Regionalist novel Cather, O Pioneers!
W 2/1 African American lives and theory Washington, from Up from Slavery (439-449); DuBois selections (459-469)
F 2/3 Harlem Renaissance Hughes, “Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (557-562); selected poems (752-765)
5 M 2/6 Harlem Renaissance Cullen and McKay, all poems (704-709; 765-772)
W 2/8 Harlem Renaissance Larsen, “Sanctuary” (891-897)
F 2/10 Modernist poetry Stevens; Williams; Pound; Cummings; Millay: selections TBA
6 M 2/13 Modernist poetry Stevens; Williams; Pound; Cummings; Millay: selections TBA
W 2/15 African American Read-In
F 2/17 Modernist poetry Eliot (669-696)
7 M 2/20 Modernist poetry Frost
W 2/22 Modernist fiction Faulkner, “That Evening Sun” (948-976)
F 2/24 Expatriate fiction Hemingway, “Big Two-Hearted River”
8 M 2/27 Midterm exam
W 2/29 Introduction to modern novel Poetry papers due
F 3/2 Research day
9 M 3/5 Modern novel Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (finish the novel)
W 3/7 Modern novel Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
F 3/9 Modern novel Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
10 M 3/12 Modern novel Fitzgerald, The Great GatsbyResearch paper proposals due
W 3/14 Postwar fiction Ellison, “The Invisible Man” (1134-1146)
F 3/16 Postwar fiction O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (1301-1315)
11 M 3/19 Postwar nonfiction Baldwin, “Notes of a Native Son” (1284-1286); “Sonny’s Blues” (handout/online)
W 3/21 Postwar poetry Plath, selected poems (1380-1390)
F 3/23 Beat poetry Ginsberg, “Howl” (1315-1326)
12 M 3/26 Contemporary fiction O’Brien, “The Things They Carried” (1458-1471)
W 3/28 Introduction to contemporary novel Research papers due
F 3/30 Contemporary novel Morrison, Beloved (pages TBA)
Spring  break
13 M 4/9 Contemporary novel Morrison, Beloved (pages TBA)
W 4/11 Contemporary novel Morrison, Beloved (pages TBA)
F 4/13 Contemporary novel Morrison, Beloved
14 M 4/16 Introduction to American Drama
W 4/18 Modern drama O’Neill, The Emperor Jones (797-817)
F 4/20 Modern drama O’Neill, The Emperor Jones (797-817)
15 M 4/23 Modern drama O’Neill, The Emperor Jones (797-817)
W 4/25 Postwar drama Miller, Death of a Salesman (1174-1251)
F 4/27 Postwar drama Miller, Death of a Salesman (1174-1251)
16 M 4/30 Postwar drama Miller, Death of a Salesman (1174-1251)
W 5/2 Final review Drama papers due
F 5/4 Final Exam, 1:00 – 3:00

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