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American Literature to 1865
This course examines the relationship between American history and American literature, from colonization through the Civil War and its long aftermath. We will read an eclectic array of texts—odes, essays, romances, autobiographies, etc.—with a view toward how they imaginatively construct and reconstruct history in the New World. Some of the authors we will focus on include: William Bradford, Washington Irving, Cotton Mather, Herman Melville, Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, David Walker, and Walt Whitman.
Robert S. Levine, ed., The Norton Anthology of American Literature (8th edition), volumes A & B
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (Norton)
Walt Whitman, Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition (New York Review of Books)