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 discussions. Written work will consist entirely of a series of from five to ten brief in-class essays, done in response to study questions handed out in advance.
Texts: Michael Kammen, ed. THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION; St. Jean de Crevecoeur, LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN FARMER; Benjamin Franklin, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND OTHER WRITINGS; Susanna Rowson, CHARLOTTE TEMPLE and LUCY TEMPLE; Charles Brockden Brown, WIELAND; Hanna Foster, THE COQUETTE; and Washington Irving, THE SKETCHBOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON