ENG 562 American Lit. after 1865

This course examines the origin and development of American literary tradition from the end of the Civil War to the present. A range of literary texts of different genres will be studied to familiarize students with major trends and movements (Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, post-Modernism) and representative writers. The cultural, historical, social, religious, and political forces that have shaped the literature of this period will also be explored.
Weekly Syllabus
 

Week Topic  
1 Read all the Introduction sections of each Volume along with the followings:
Realism and Naturalism 955 Volume C.
William Dean Howells: From Editor’s Study 956
Henry James: From The Art of Fiction 961
Hamlin Garland: From Local Color in Art 963
William Roscoe Thayer: From The New Story- Tellers
and the Doom of Realism 965
Frank Norris: A Plea for Romantic Fiction 968
Jack London: From What Life Means to Me 971
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: From Masculine Literature 974
Modernist Manifestos 315 Volume D
F. t. Marinetti: From Manifesto of Futurism 316
Mina Loy: Feminist Manifesto 318
Ezra Pound: From A Retrospect 321
Willa Cather: From The Novel Démeublé 324
William Carlos Williams: From Spring and All 326
Langston Hughes: From The Negro Artist and the
Racial Mountain 328
Postmodern Manifestos 369 Volume E
RONALD SUKENICK: Innovative Fiction / Innovative Criteria 370
WILLIAM H. GASS: The Medium of Fiction 372
CHARLES OLSON: From Projective Verse 376
FRANK O’HARA: From Personism: A Manifesto 378
RICHARD FOREMAN: From Ontological- Hysteric Manifesto I 380
CHARLES LUDLAM: Ridicu lous Theater, Scourge of Human Folly 381
A. R. AMMONS: From A Poem Is a Walk 382
AUDRE LORDE: From Poetry Is Not a Luxury 385
       
2
1st  Précis is Due on LMS
 
Realism and Regionalism:
Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens): Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
CRITICAL CONTROVERSY: RACE AND THE ENDING OF
ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN 303
Leo Marx: From Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling, and Huckleberry Finn 304
Julius lester: From Morality and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 307
David l. Smith: From Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse 308
Jane Smiley: From Say It Ain’t So, Huck: Second Thoughts on Mark
Twain’s “Masterpiece” 311
Toni Morrison: From Introduction to Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn 312
ALAN Gribben: From Introduction to the NewSouth Edition 314
Michiko Kakutani: Light Out, Huck, They Still Want
to Sivilize You 316
 
3
 
Henry Adams (1838–1918) 362
The Education of Henry Adams 364
Chapter XXV. The Dynamo and the Virgin 364
Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840–1894) 373
Rodman the Keeper 374
Ambrose Bierce (1842– c. 1914) 394
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 395
Chickamauga 401
Henry James (1843–1916) 406
Daisy Miller: A Study 410
The Real Thing 450
The Beast in the Jungle 467
 
4
 
National Day    
5
2nd Précis is due on LMS
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909) 515
A White Heron 516
Kate Chopin (1850–1904) 537
The Awakening 548
 
 
6
 
Voices from Native America 660: Oratory
Smohalla: Comments to Major MacMurray 661
Charlot: [He has fi lled graves with our bones] 664
CHIEF joseph: From An Indian’s Views of Indian Affairs 667
Narrative
Francis LaFlesche: From The Middle Five 670
Zitkala SA: Iktomi and the Fawn 675
The Ghost Dance Songs and the Wounded Knee Massacre 680
[Flat Pipe is telling me] 681
[ Father, have pity on me] 681
[The Crow Woman] 681
Nicholas Black Elk and John G. Neihardt:
From Black Elk Speaks 682
Charles Alexander Eastman:
From From the Deep Woods to Civilization 687
JosÉ MartÍ (1853–1895) 691
Our America 692
Booker T. Washington (1856–1915) 699
Up from Slavery 701
Chapter I. A Slave among Slaves 701
Chapter II. Boyhood Days 709
Chapter XIV. The Atlanta Exposition Address 716
Charles W. Chesnutt (1858–1932) 724
“The Goophered Grapevine” 726
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859–1930) 761
Talma Gordon 762
W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963) 918
The Souls of Black Folk 920
From The Forethought 920
III. Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others 927
 
7
 
Hamlin Garland (1860–1940) 774
Under the Lion’s Paw 775
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935) 842
The Yellow Wall- paper 844
Why I Wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper”? 856
Edith Wharton (1862–1937) 857
The Other Two 859
Ida B. Wells- Barnett (1862–1931) 881
From Mob Rule in New Orleans 883
 
8
3rd Précis is due on LMS
Naturalism:
Frank Norris (1870–1902) 976
A Deal in Wheat 977
Stephen Crane (1871–1900) 1002
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets 1004
Jack London (1876–1916) 1107
The Law of Life 1108
To Build a Fire 1113
 
 
9
 
Modernism:
Eugene O’Neill (1888– 1953) : The Hairy Ape
Tennessee Williams (1911–1983) 73 A Streetcar Named Desire 76
 
10
4thPrécis is due on LMS
William Faulkner (1897– 1962) 666
As I Lay Dying 669
Ernest Hemingway (1899– 1961) 795
The Old Man and The Sea
 
 
11
 
Gertrude Stein (1874– 1946) 184 : Selections from her poems
From The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas 214
Robert Frost (1874– 1963) 218: Selections from his poems
Wallace Stevens (1879– 1955): Selections from his poems
William Carlos Williams (1883– 1963): Selections from his poems
Ezra Pound (1885– 1972): Selections from his poems
H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) (1886– 1961): Selections from her poems
Marianne Moore (1887– 1972): Selections from her poems
T. S. Eliot (1888– 1965): Selections from his poems
Langston Hughes (1902– 1967) : Selections from his poems
 
12
 
Rabih Alameddine: The Hakawati  
13
Annotated Bib is due on LMS
Postmodernism:
Toni Morrison (b. 1931- 2019 ) 605 Beloved ( 1987)
 
14
 
James Baldwin (1924–1987) 391
 Going to Meet the Man  392
Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964) 426
The Life You Save May Be Your Own  427
Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) 620 : Selections from her poems
John Updike (1932–2009) 632 Separating  634
Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) (1934–2014) 666 Selections from his poems
August Wilson (1945–2005) 919 Fences  921
Li- Young Lee (b. 1957) 1122 Selections from his poems
 
15
Final paper is due on LMS
 Presentations of your final papers.  
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