ENGLISH 470 - Colonial and Revolutionary American Literature
Section: 001 18th Century American Literature
Term: FA 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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We will explore in this course a wide range of texts that take us from the initial Puritan settlement of New England to the founding of the United States and its immediate aftermath. We shall see how fundamental notions concerning freedom, redemption, and sin persist throughout the period even as they undergo profound shocks and redefinitions. The significance of the presence of the Native American on the frontier, as well as slavery within the country’s boundaries, shall engage our interest, along with the question of what it means to make literature truly democratic. In addition to various captivity narratives and slave narratives of the time, we shall also study the autobiographical writing of Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin along with novels and stories by Charles Brockden Brown and Washington Irving.

Course Requirements:

Written requirements: three 5 to 7 page essays.

ENGLISH 470 - Colonial and Revolutionary American Literature
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001 (REC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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