ENGL440 - The Novel in America to 1914

This course will ask questions about the American imagination, the American self, and particularly about American isolation. The background of the democract experiment will include consideration of Alexis De Tocqueville's Democracy in America (1840). For the novels themselves, 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 demanding course.


Two English courses in literature or permission of the department.