ENGL440 - The Novel in American to 1914
101 - TBA

This course will ask questions about the American imagination, the American self, and particularly American isolation. The background of the democracy experiment will include consideration of Alexis De Tocqueville's Democracy in America (1840), but for the novels--often long novels--we will study Charles Brockden Brown‘s Edgar Huntly, James Fenimore Cooper‘s The Deerslayer, Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick, Henry James‘s The Portrait of a Lady, Mark Twain‘s Huckleberry Finn, Kate Chopin‘s The Awakening, and Gertrude Stein‘s Three Lives. Mid-term, final, and two papers. Regular attendance and participation are required. If for any reason, you will be unable to attend every class or almost every class, please consider taking another course. Few students with recurrent absences do well in this course.


Two English courses in literature or permission of department.