ENGLISH 473 - Topics in American Literature
Section: 201 Race/Environment 20th US C South
Term: SU 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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From about 1880 to 1930, the landscape of the South underwent dramatic changes: the forests were largely clear cut, the Everglades were drained and then turned into vast sugar and other plantations, rivers were straightened, phosphate was mined, and the soil continued to be degraded. Much of the work of this transformation was done by African-Americans; much of the capital for these changes came from and most of the profit went to Northern investors. Some of our greatest southern authors bore witnesses to these transformations and to environmental disasters which resulted, especially the flooding of the Mississippi in 1927 and of Lake Okeechobee in 1928. Being mindful of this context of environmental change, and of the social conditions of Jim Crow segregation, we will read: Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), and some of her folklore collecting work (1935); Richard Wright’s “Down By the Riverside” and “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow” (1938); William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses (1942); sections from William A. Percy’s Lanterns on the Levee (1941), as well as excerpts from environmental histories.

Three short papers and take home exam.

ENGLISH 473 - Topics in American Literature
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201 (REC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:30AM
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ISBN: 0060931418
Their eyes were watching God, Author: Zora Neale Hurston ; with a foreword by Mary Helen Washington and an afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Publisher: Perennial Library 1st Perenn 1990
ISBN: 0060587148
Uncle Tom's children, Author: Richard Wright ; with an introduction by Richard Yarborough., Publisher: HarperPerennial 1st Perenn 2004
ISBN: 0679732179
Go down, Moses, Author: William Faulkner., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1990
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