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ENGL 204: AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1900


Lecture Time and Venue (Term 1): Tuesday 4pm – 5pm, Frankland Lecture Theatre

Lecture Time and Venue (Terms 2 and 3): Tuesday 1pm – 2pm, George Fox Lecture Theatre 5

Course Convenor: Dr Andrew Tate

Lecture/Seminar Programme N.B. All page references below, unless stated otherwise, are for The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Seventh Edition, Volumes A & B.



Term 1

Week

Lecture / Seminar

Lecturer

1

Lecture: Cultures in Contact: Early Voices from the ‘New World

Seminar: Beginnings and Encounters. Columbus, from Letter to Luis de Santangel regarding the First Voyage, 32-3; De las Casas, from The Very Brief Relation, 36-9; The Iroquois Creation Story, 18-21; John Smith, from A Description of New England, 66-69; William Bradford, from Of Plymouth Plantation, 114-116 (end of chapter).

AWT

2

Lecture: Puritan Beginnings: The World, the Self and the Poet

Seminar: Winthrop, from A Model of Christian Charity, 156-8 (Section II to the end); Edwards, from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, 430 (beginning of new section) - 432 (bottom of page); Bradstreet, ‘Prologue’, ‘Contemplations’, ‘The Author to her Book’, ‘Before the Birth of One of Her Children’, ‘To My Dear and Loving Husband’, ‘A Letter to her Husband...’, all three elegies for her grandchildren, ‘On the Burning of Our House’, ‘As Weary Pilgrim’ (188ff). Taylor, ‘Prologue’, ‘Meditations’, 8, 42 and 26, ‘Let By Rain’, ‘Huswifery’ (269ff). Another spiritual autobiography of interest is Edwards, Personal Narrative (386ff) if you want to explore further.

AWT

3

Lecture: Revolution, Democracy, Identity: A world of Change?

Seminar: The Eighteenth Century: the secularisation of the Puritan world, and questions of identity and selfhood. Jefferson, from The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson, ‘Declaration of Independence’, 651-57; Franklin, Autobiography, 485 (‘When he found...’) – 491 (‘mistaken’), and 522-534 (end of section); Wheatley, ‘On being Brought from Africa to America’, 752, ‘To His Excellency General Washington’, 761.

BB

4

Lecture: Hereness and Otherness: Frontiers and Native Americans

Seminar: Rowlandson, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs Mary Rowlandson, 236ff (the whole narrative); Mather, from The Wonders of the Invisible World, 308-13 (end of excerpt); Cooper, from The Pioneers, Chapter III, 995-1002.

BB

5

Lecture: America Revisioned: Emerson and Whitman

Seminar: Emerson, ‘Self-Reliance’ 91171 (last line) – 1174 (‘is to others’), from Nature, 1111 (Chapter 1) – 1113 (end of chapter).

AWT

6

INDEPENDENT STUDY WEEK – NO LECTURE / SEMINAR (you are asked to read for Weeks 7, 8, 9 and 10)




7

Lecture: Thoreau

Seminar: Thoreau, Walden, Chapters 1 (‘Economy’) and 2 (‘Where I Lived and What I Lived For’), 1872-1924; 9 (‘The Ponds’), 1963-77; 5 (‘Solitude’), 1940-45.

AWT

8

Lecture: Whitman

Seminar: Whitman, Leaves of Grass [Song of Myself], 2210ff (NB: the seventh edition only features the 1881 version of this poem).

AES

9

Lecture: IN-CLASS TEST

Seminar: Whitman (continued), ‘Crossing Brooklyn Ferry’, 2263ff




10

Lecture: Dickinson

Seminar: Dickinson, poems 2558ff.

DC

Christmas Vacation: Read the works by Poe for the Week 1 lecture. You are also strongly advised to read Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter


Term 2

Week

Lecture / Seminar

Lecturer

1

Lecture: Poe: Fantasia of the Unconscious

Seminar: Poe, ‘To Helen’, 1532’ ‘The City in the Sea’, 1534; ‘The Raven’, 1536ff, ‘Annabel Lee’, 1542; ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, 1553ff; ‘William Wilson’, 1566ff, ‘The Man in the Crowd’, 1579ff.

BB

2

Lecture: Romance and Realism: What Makes American Fiction Different?

Seminar: Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter 1 to Chapter 12, 1377ff, and ‘The Custom House’ (prefatory chapter to this novel, 1352ff (in this order).

AWT

3

Lecture: The Scarlet Letter

Seminar: Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter 13 to end of the novel

BB

4

Lecture: Literature of Slavery and Abolition

Seminar: Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, 2064ff.

BB

5

Lecture: Forms of Dissent I: Davis

Seminar: Davis, Life in the Iron Mills, 2599ff.

AWT

6

INDEPENDENT STUDY WEEK – NO LECTURE / SEMINAR (you are asked to read some or all of the texts for the rest of the term (or as much as possible).




7

Lecture: Forms of Dissent II: Melville

Seminar: Melville, ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’, 2236ff. Some tutors may ask you to read ‘Benito Cereno’, 2405ff.

BB

8

Lecture: Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn

Seminar: Twain, Huckleberry Finn (Not in Norton)

AWT

9

Lecture: Henry James, The Turn of the Screw

Seminar: James, The Turn of the Screw (Not in Norton)

BB

10

Lecture: Where have we got to and how have we got there? Review of Course

Seminar: Course discussion

AWT


Term 3

Week

Lecture / Seminar

Lecturer

1

Lecture: NO LECTURE

Seminar: Revision Seminar




2

Lecture: NO LECTURE

Seminar: Revision Seminar






ENGL 207: BRITISH ROMANTICISM







‘Attraction and Repulsion Reason and Energy

Love and Hate are necessary to Human Existence’.

(William Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell).
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