We'll read and discuss an assortment of novels, stories, poems and memoirs by American authors in the period preceding the Civil War. 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: Harriet Beecher Stowe, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; Herman Melville, MOBY-DICK; James Fenimore Cooper, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS; and Nina Baym, et al, eds. THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, VOLUME B