ENG 560 Survey of American Lit. beginning to1865 (Graduate Course)

The course deals with literature written in the United States from its earliest colonial days to its Civil War and explores the philosophical and religious orientations that shaped the American culture and the shift from ‘public self’ to “individualism” in the 20’s of the 19th century. It also theorizes about the rise of nationalism and its effect on the US contemporary political hegemony. Old and new literary forms and types also come into focus in the course.

Week Topic  
1 Introduction to American Literature
Iroquois Creation Story 21,  The Navajo Creation Story 25  Hajiiner (The Emergence) 26
       
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Native American Trickster Tales: From The Winnebago
                                 Trickster Cycle (edited by Paul Radin) 105, Ikto
                                 Conquers lya, the Eater (transcribed and edited by Ella C.
                                 Deloria) 112
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) From Letter to Luis de
                             Santangel Regarding the First Voyage (February 15, 1493)
                             35 From Letter to Ferdinand and Isabella Regarding the
                              Fourth Voyage (July 7, 1503) 36
Bartolome De Las Casas (1474-1566) The Very Brief
                              Relation of the Devastation of the Indies 39 From
                              Hispaniola 39 From The Coast of Pearls, Paria, and the
                              Island of Trinidad 41
Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca (c. 1490-1558) The
                                Relation of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca H [Dedication)
                                44 [The Malhado Way of Life) 45 [Our Life among the
                                Avavares and Arbadaos) 47 [Pushing On) 48 [Customs
                                 of That Region] 48 [The First Confrontation) 49 [The
                                 Falling-Out with Our Countrymen] 50
 
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Native Americans: Contact and Conflict 442
Pontiac: Speech at Detroit 440.
Samson Occom: From A Short Narrative of My Life 441
Thomas Jefferson: Chief Logan's Speech, from
Notes 011 the State of Virginia 448
Red Jacket: Reply to the Missionary Jacob Cram 410
Tecumseh: Speech to the Osages 413
William Apess (1798–1839) 124 A Son of the Forest 126
Chapter I 126
Chapter III 130
An Indian’s Looking- Glass for the White Man 135
“The Mayflower Compact” (Online)
William Bradford And Edward Winslow: Mourt's Relation
                             [Cape Cod Forays) 72, John Underhill: News from
                             America [The Attack on Pequot Fort) 75
John Smith (1580-I63I) The General History of Virginia, New England, and the
Summer Isles 83
The Third Book. From Chapter 2. What Happened till the
First Supply 83
The Fourth Book. [Smith's Farewell to Virginia) 93
From A Description of New England 93
From New England's Trials 96
J.  Hector St. John De Crevecoeur (I735-I8I3)
Letters from an American Farmer 605
From Letter Ill. What Is an American 605
From Letter IX. Description of Charles-Town; Thoughts on   
Slavery;
on Physical Evil; A Melancholy Scene 614
From Letter X. On Snakes; and on the Humming Bird 619
From Letter XII. Distresses of a Frontier Man 620
 
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William Bradford (1590-1657) Of Plymouth Plantation
John Winthrop (1588-1649) A Model of Christian Charity
Anne Bradstreet (c. 1612-1672): Selectins from her poems 
Mary Rowlandson (c. 1637-1711) A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of
                                                             Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Sarah Kemble Knight (1666-1727)  The Private Journal of a Journey from Boston to  
                                                                 New York 380
From Tuesday, October the Third 380
Friday, October the Sixth 3!B
Saturday, October the Seventh 3H4
From December the Sixth 387
January the Sixth 389
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758): Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
 
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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790): The Way to Wealth 457 
                                 The Autobiography
John Adams (I735-I826) And Abigail Adams (I744-
                                   I818) 625 The Letters: 626-632
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) Common Sense
Thomas Jefferson (I743-I826) 659: The Declaration of Independence 661.
Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) On the Equality of the Sexes 739
The Gleaner 747
 
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Olaudah Equiano (1745?-1797) The Interesting Narrative
                                   of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa, the
                                   African, Written by Himself 688 From Chapter I 688
                                  Chapter II 690
Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784) 763 On Being Brought from Africa  to America 764
To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth 765
To the University of Cambridge, in New England 766
On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield,767
Thoughts on the Works of Providence 76R
To S. M. a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works 771
To His Excellency General Washington 772
Letters 773
Omar ibn Said (1770-1864) Autobiography of Omar ibn Said, Slave in North Carolina (online)
Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) Narrative of the Life of
                                 Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by
                                Himself:
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) “Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at
Gettysburg, November 19, 1863 720
 
 
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Slavery, race, and the making of American literature 769
Thomas Jefferson: From Notes on the State of Virginia 770
David Walker: From David Walker’s Appeal in Four Articles
Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm: To Our Patrons 777
William Lloyd Garrison: To the Public 780
Angelina E. Grimké: From Appeal to the Christian
Women of the South 783
Sojourner Truth: Speech to the Women’s Rights Convention
in Akron, Ohio,
James M. Whitfield: Stanzas for the First of August 787
Martin R. Delany: From Political Destiny of the Colored Race
on the American Continent
Harriet Jacobs (c. 1813–1897) 909 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 910
I. Childhood 910
VII. The Lover 913
X. A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl’s Life 917
XIV. Another Link to Life 921
XXI. The Loophole of Retreat 923
XLI. Free at Last 925
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825–1911) 1630
Eliza Harris 1631
The Slave Mother 1632
Ethiopia 1633
The Tennessee Hero 1634
Bury Me in a Free Land 1635
Learning to Read 1636
 
 
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Hannah Webster Foster (1758-J84o) The Coc1uette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton 818
Fanny Fern (Sarah Willis Parton) (1811–1872) 892
Aunt Hetty on Matrimony 894
Hungry Husbands 895
“Leaves of Grass” 896
Male Criticism on Ladies’ Books 899
“Fresh Leaves, by Fanny Fern” 900
A Law More Nice Than Just 901
Writing “Compositions” 903
Ruth Hall 905
Chapter LIV 905
Chapter LVI 907
Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789–1867) Hope Leslie
Volume I, Chapter IV [Magawisca’s History of
“The Pequod War”] 89
Volume II, Chapter XIV [Magawisca’s Farewell]
 
 
 
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Charles Brockden Brown (1771–1810) Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist
Washington Irving (1783–1859):”Rip Van Winkle” & “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Mahomet and His Successors Part I
 James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) 62 The Pioneers 64
Volume II, Chapter II [The Judge’s History of the
Settlement;
 A Sudden Storm] 65
Volume II, Chapter III [The Slaughter of the
Pigeons] 72
The Last of the Mohicans 79
Volume I, Chapter III [Natty Bumppo and
Chingachgook; Stories
 of the Fathers] 80
William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878) 116 “Thanatopsis” 117 “To a Waterfowl” 119
 
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Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896) Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly 794
Volume I
Chapter I. In Which the Reader Is Introduced to a Man of
Humanity 794
Chapter III. The Husband and Father 802
Chapter VII. The Mother’s Strug gle 805
Chapter IX. In Which It Appears That a Senator Is But a
Man 815
Chapter XII. Select Incident of Lawful Trade 826
Chapter XIII. The Quaker Settlement 838
Chapter XIV. Evangeline 845
Volume II
Chapter XX. Topsy 852
From Chapter XXVI. Death 863
Chapter XXX. The Slave Ware house 867
Chapter XXXI. The Middle Passage 875
Chapter XXXIV. The Quadroon’s Story 879
Chapter XL. The Martyr
Harding Davis (1831–1910) 1696 Life in the Iron- Mills 1698
Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888):  From Little Women 1742
Part Second. Chapter IV. Literary Lessons 1742
 
 
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882): Nature
“The American Scholar” 210
“The Divinity School Address” 223
“Self- Reliance” 236
“The Poet” 254
“Experience” 269
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862): “Resistance to Civil Government” 953
Walden, or Life in the Woods 970
Slavery in Massachusetts 1144
From A Plea for Captain John Brown 1155
Margaret Fuller (1810–1850) The Great Lawsuit 725
Emily Dickinson (1830–1886): Selectins from her poems 
Walt Whitman (1819–1892): Preface to Leaves of Grass 1297, “Song of Myself” Letter to
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1395
                                                  From Democratic Vistas 1406
 
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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)
“Young Goodman Brown” 345
“The Minister’s Black Veil” 368
“The Birth- Mark” 377
The Scarlet Letter 425
Preface to The House of the Seven Gables 569
 
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Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849): “The Philosophy of Composition”
 “The Raven”
“Israfel”
“Annabel Lee” 618
“Ligeia” 619
“The Fall of the House of Usher” 629
“The Tell- Tale Heart” 666
“The Black Cat “ 670
“The Purloined Letter” 676
“The Cask of Amontillado” 696
Herman Melville (1819–1891)  Moby- Dick chapter 1-72
 
14 Herman Melville (1819–1891) Moby- Dick chapter 73-end.
                                                   Hawthorne and His Mosses 1413
 “Bartleby, the Scrivener” 1469
“The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids” 1495
Benito Cereno 1511
 
 
15 Presentation of your final Paper is due on April 14th 2019.
Final paper is due on April 16th.
Final Exam: 13-08-1440  
 
Course Materials