We'll read and discuss an assortment of novels, memoirs, journals, treatises and other writings by American authors of the Colonial and Early National Periods. Students will be expected to attend class regularly, keep up with reading assignments, and take part in open discussion. Written work will consist entirely of a series of brief in-class essays written in response to study questions handed out in advance.
Texts: John Tanner, THE FALCON; Benjamin Franklin, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHJY AND OTHER WRITINGS; Charles Brockden Brown, WIELAND; Michael Kammen, ed. ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION; Susanna Rowson, CHARLOTTE TEMPLE AND LUCY TEMPLE; Hector St. Jean de Crevecouer, LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN FARMER; Hannah Foster, THE COQUETTE; and Washington Irving, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND OTHER STORIES.