ENGL 351 A: American Literature: The Colonial Period

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TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
DEM 002
Eva Cherniavsky
Eva Cherniavsky

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Schedule of Reading

Week One

March 27:       


March 29:     

Read:  Bernal Diaz del Castillo, “History of the Conquest of New Spain”

Week Two

April 3:          

Read:  Anne McClintock, “Postcolonialism and the Angel of Progress” and “The Lay of the Land;” Anonymous Authors of Tlalteloco, “The  Story of the Conquest”

April 5:           

Read:  Bartolomé de Las Casas, “History of the Indies” and A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies

Week Three

April 10:         

Read:  Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, excerpts from Roots of Resistance and Hopi People, “The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt”

April 12:         

Read:  Gaspar Perez de Villagrá, “The History of New Mexico” and Genaro Padilla, excerpt from The Daring Flight of My Pen

Week Four

April 17:         

Read:  William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation,  Book One, chapters IX and X, Book Two, Anno Dom 1620, 1621, 1622, and 1623 at: 

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24950/24950-h/24950-h.htm and John Winthrop, “A Modell of Christian Charity”

April 19:         

Read:  Perry Miller, excerpt from Errand Into Wilderness and Amy Kaplan, “Left Alone with America”

Week Five

April 24:        

Read:   David Hall (editor), “The Examination of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson,” Roger Williams, “The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution,” Roger Williams, excerpt from A Key Into the Language of America"
and optional: John Winthrop, “Account of the Antinomian Crisis,”

April 26:         

Read: Anne Bradstreet, selected poems: "The Author to her Book," "Deliverance from a Fit of Fainting," "In Honour of that Most High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth," "In My Solitary Hours in My Dear Husband his Absence," "Prologue," "To My Dear and Loving Husband," "To My Dear Children," "Verses Upon the Burning of our House, July 10th, 1666" at http://eada.lib.umd.edu/author-entries/bradstreet-anne/

Week Six

May 1:            

Read: Mary White Rowlandson, “Narrative of the Captivity” (in So Dreadfull a Judgment)

May 3:            

Read: Mitchell Breitwieser, “The Strangers” (pp 131-158)

Week Seven

May 8:            

Read: Benjamin Church, “Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War” (in So Dreadfull a Judgment); also available at: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/evans/N01515.0001.001/1:3?rgn=div1;view=fulltext

May 10: 

Read:  Jonathan Edwards, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" at https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1053&context=etas

and Samson Occam, “Autobiography, Second Draft;” optional: Homi Bhabha, “Of Mimicry and Men”

Week Eight

May 15:          

Read:  Phyllis Wheatley, selected poems: "Farewell to America," "On being brought from Africa to America," "On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield," "On Recollection," "To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth," "Niobe, in Distress for her children," "To S.M, a young African painter," at http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/wheatley/wheatley.html

and June Jordan, “Something Like a Sonnet for Phyllis Miracle Wheatley”

May 17:          

Read: Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Parts One and Two

Week Nine

May 22:          

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (all)

May 24:          

Read: Olaudah Equiano, Interesting Narrative (chapters I-VI)

Week Ten    

May 29:          

Read: Interesting Narrative (all) and optional: Houston Baker, excerpt from Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature

June 1:            


Catalog Description: 
Examines writings from the earliest explorations of America, encounters with, and responses from, indigenous peoples, and colorization, through the early period of the United States. Readings may include a variety of genres from histories, captivity narratives, autobiographies, to the first novels and poetry of the republic.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
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October 17, 2018 - 10:10pm