This course examines how what we have come to think of as “the canon” is entwined with the US’s ethnic literary tradition. We will explore how the two are not only inseparable but in fact mutually constitutive, marking the major shifts in US literary history. Authors may include Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, John Rollin Ridge, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Cormac McCarthy, and Leslie Marmon Silko.
Surveys the American novel. Covers the early development of the American novel, its rise in the 19th- and 20th-centuries, and its contemporary expressions. Students will be introduced to theories of the novel, the major movements and authors, as well as the characteristics that define the American novel as unique.
Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors).
Additional Information:Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Arts Humanities
Departmental Category: American Literature
Taught by Maria Windell.