ENGL 2335: American Literature

Welcome to ENGL 2335: Survey of American Literature, beginnings to the present. This experimental course uses only texts that are freely available to all readers. Your reading list, with links to each text, is below.

I have sought out what I  believe to be the highest quality and most stable online texts. However, unless I tell you otherwise, you are not limited to these particular versions of the texts. You may use print copies or other editions, as you prefer. There are print copies of both novels in the Jagstore, if you wish to purchse those.

Please advise me of broken links right away! I have backup copies of all texts, and can post them here or to D2L, as appropriate.

UPDATE: All Writing the Nation links are currently broken. You can get to the file by searching for the title + UNG Press online, or the PDF is posted on D2L

Reading List:

Week 2

Tues., Jan. 10: Seneca: “The Origin of Stories” (Sacred Texts); Iroquois: “Creation Story” (George Mason University); John Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity” (Teaching American History, Ashland University)

Thurs., Jan. 12: Mary Rowlandson, Narrative of the Captivity of Mary Rowlandson (Project Gutenberg) (Read 1st Remove-12th Remove; then 19th and 20th Removes)

 Week 3

Tues., Jan. 17: Anne Bradstreet: “The Author to her Book,”  “The Four Ages of Man,” and “To My Dear and Loving Husband” (Poetry Foundation); Phillis Wheatley: “On Being Brought from Africa to America,”On Virtue,” and “To S. M. A Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works” (Poetry Foundation); Quiz 1

Thurs., Jan. 19: Nathaniel Hawthorne: “The Minister’s Black Veil” (PDF)

Week 4

Tues.,  Jan. 24: Herman Melville: “Bartleby, the Scrivener” (Project Gutenberg)

Thurs., Jan. 26: Edgar Allan Poe: “The Fall of the House of Usher” (Project Gutenberg); also available from the University of Virginia Hypertext Library.

Week 5

Tues., Jan. 31: Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Self Reliance,” in Essays (Project Gutenberg); Frederick Douglass, selections from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (PDF)

Thurs., Feb. 2: Harriet Jacobs: “Childhood,” “The Children Sold,” “New Perils,” and “The Loophole of Retreat” in  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (University of North Carolina, Documenting the American South); Quiz 2

Week 6

Tues., Feb. 7: Walt Whitman: from Leaves of Grass (Project Gutenberg): “Song of Myself” (Sections I, II, VI, and LII only); “O Captain! My Captain!”; “I Hear America Singing”; and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”

Whitman’s poetry is also available from the Academy of American Poets site: “Song of Myself”; “O Captain! My Captain!”; “I Hear America Singing”; and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”

Emily Dickinson: selected poems
(This is the first selection from the online Writing the Nation textbook. You may wish to download the entire textbook, as we will use it for later readings.)

Thurs., Feb. 9: Henry James: Daisy Miller: A Study (Writing the Nation); also available from Project GutenbergQuiz 3

Week 7

Tues. Feb. 14: Henry James: Daisy Miller: A Study (Writing the Nation); also available from Project Gutenberg

Thurs., Feb. 16: Charles W. Chesnutt: The Wife of His Youth (Project Gutenberg)
Also available in audio (Augusta University); Quiz 4

Week 8

Tues., Feb. 21: Kate Chopin: “At the ‘Cadian Ball” and “The Storm” (Writing the Nation); “Desiree’s Baby” (Kate Chopin International Society)

Thurs., Feb. 23: MIDTERM EXAM

Extra Credit Opportunity: Augusta University’s African American Read-In is Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9-3 in the JSAC Ballroom. Sign up and read to earn extra credit. (10 points for reading; 5 points for attending. Credit added to midterm score.)

Week 9

Tues., Feb. 28 and Thurs., Mar. 2: Willa Cather, O Pioneers! (Cather Archive, U of Nebraska); Quiz 5

Week 10

Tues., Mar. 7: Edna St. Vincent Millay: Sonnet XLI; Sonnet XLIII; Sonnet XXXFirst Fig; Second Fig (Academy of American Poets)
Robert Frost: “Nothing Gold Can Stay”; “The Road Not Taken”; “Home Burial” (Academy of American Poets)

Thurs., Mar. 9: Spring Pause, no class meeting

Week 11

Tues. Mar. 14: E. E. Cummings: “I sing of Olaf glad and big”;  “somewhere i have never travelled gladly beyond” (Academy of American Poets); “i carry your heart with me (i carry it in” (Poetry Foundation)
William Carlos Williams: “This is Just to Say”; “To Elsie”; “The Red Wheelbarrow”; and “The Great Figure” (Academy of American Poets)

Thurs. Mar. 16: F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” (Writing the Nation); Quiz 6

Extra Credit Opportunity: Attend Writers Weekend at Summerville March 17-18 and/or attend Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium March 18. (5 points for attending 1 event; maximum 10 points. Credit added to quiz scores.)

Week 12

Tues., Mar. 21: William Faulkner: Excerpt from The Sound and the Fury (audio and text; University of Virginia) (additional excerpt on D2L)

Wed., Mar. 23: Ernest Hemingway: “The Big Two-Hearted River” (University of Virginia) (This version has errors and omissions; a complete, correct copy is on D2L.)

Week 13

Tues., Mar. 28: Langston Hughes: Introduction; “The Weary Blues”; “I, Too”; “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”; “Madam and the Phone Bill” (Academy of American Poets); “Harlem” (Poetry Foundation); Quiz 7

Countee Cullen: “Yet Do I Marvel” [replacement link] (Favorite Poem Project); “Heritage” (Poem Hunter);
Claude McKay: “If We Must Die” (Academy of American Poets); “America” (Poetry Foundation)

Thurs., Mar. 30: Zora Neale Hurston: “Sweat” [Link broken; view file on D2L]

Week 14

Tues., Apr. 11: Tennessee Williams:  A Streetcar Named Desire (Metropolitan State College) [Writing the Nation link broken; alternative file also posted on D2L]; Quiz 8

Thurs., Apr. 13: Flannery O’Connor: “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (University of Virginia); also available in audio, read by O’Connor (Open Culture); Quiz 9

Week 15

Tues., Apr. 18: [class canceled]

Thurs., Apr. 20: Sylvia Plath: Read the Introduction in Writing the Nation [link may be broken; file on D2L]; “Daddy,” “Lady Lazarus,” and “Morning Song” (all from Academy of American Poets); Allen Ginsberg: Read the poet’s biography and Brief Guide to Beat Poets (Academy of American Poets); “Howl, Parts I and II” including the audio link (top left) to hear the poem read by Ginsberg (Academy of American Poets)

 Week 16

Tues., Apr. 25: James Baldwin: “Sonny’s Blues” (Writing the Nation) [link may be broken; file on D2L]; Quiz 10 (poetry)

Thurs., Apr. 27: Alice Walker: “Everyday Use”  (Writing the Nation) [link may be broken; file on D2L]; Quiz 11 (O’Connor and Baldwin)


Wed., May 3: FINAL EXAM, 11:00-1:00 


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