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Literature of America Before 1900 cancelled

ENGL 057.001
TR 3-4:30pm
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Sector 5: 19th Century Literature of the Standard Major


In the third letter of his 1782 epistolary work, Letters from an American Farmer, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur sets out to answer "What Is an American?." In this course, we will not only look to the ways in which the answer to this question changes over time but also observe how the social constructions of race, gender, sexuality, and class create the very conditions of possibility for posing this question. Throughout, we will seek to expose the ever-expanding complexity of histories and identities that have gone under the rubric of American. Using a diverse set of literary texts ranging from the fifteenth century to the fin de siècle, we will track the multitudinous and heterodox ways in which competing visions of Americanness have historically manifested both as sites of material struggle and as dreams of alternative (and as yet unrealized) futures.