ENGL289Y - American Fictions: Cross-Examining U.S. Literature, History, and Politics

Major works of American literature explored in relation to major texts and developments of U.S. history, culture and politics. Special attention to global contexts and complications of “American” literature and history. Key historical and political issues include human rights, democratic principles, independence, revolution, slavery, removal, immigration, free speech, labor rights, civil rights, feminism, environmentalism, economic globalization, technology and digital innovation, and the role literature and the humanities may play in fostering various forms of responsible citizenship. Authors include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, Zora Neale Hurston, Leslie Marmon Silko, Junot Dîaz, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Barack Obama.