ENG 320 Early American Literature
Content: American literature in English from exploration and colonization through the beginning of the 19th century. Texts include autobiographies, sermons, captivity narratives, essays, poems, and novels. Topics include contemporary literary definitions of America (as land, a set of colonies, a nation, a culture, an ideology); the definition of American literature (What are our criteria of inclusion? How are those criteria conditioned by the structure of academic discourse?); how literature of the period imagines the relationships between European and indigenous populations; how it imagines the relationship of America to Europe; how it reflects variant ideologies (both religious and secular) within the colonies and later the republic; the significance of the tensions between these ideologies for concepts that remain current in American discourse today (the individual, the new world, freedom, agency, the frontier).
Restrictions: Junior standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.