ENGLISH 417 - Seminar in English Language and Literature
Section: 201
Term: SU 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credit Exclusions:
May not be repeated for credit.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This class meets the American Literature requirement for the English major.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Senior concentrator in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines a variety of authors from 19th-Century America whose work engages, either explicitly or implicitly, with questions about the past. In particular we shall be exploring the impact of certain assumptions about progress, democracy, religion, and secularism on conceptions of history throughout this period. We shall also be asking what happens to notions such as truth and objectivity when prose fiction takes hold of certain events that actually did occur in the past and refashions them.

Novelists to be considered include

  • James Fenimore Cooper (The Last of the Mohicans),
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (The Minister's Wooing),
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne (The House of the Seven Gables),
  • Mark Twain (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court) and
  • Stephen Crane (The Red Badge of Courage).

Written assignments: one short essay (5 to 7 pages) and a longer essay (8 to 10 pages) along with a final exam.

ENGLISH 417 - Seminar in English Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
201 (SEM)
MW 8:30AM - 10:30AM
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ISBN: 1406865370
The Jesuits in North America, Author: Francis Parkman, Publisher: Echo PAPERBACK
ISBN: 9781429421157
The age of innocence, Author: Edith Wharton ; edited with an introduction and notes by Stephen Orgel., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2006
ISBN: 9780812978186
Ragtime, Author: by E.L. Doctorow., Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks 1st ed. 1975
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