ENGL430 - American Literature, Beginning to 1810

We will read and discuss important texts dealing with the European discovery of the New World; the inter-cultural encounters between Native American, European, and African cultures in the early Americas (including the question of the rights of conquest); the formation of colonial societies and cultures (including the issue of slavery); as well as the revolutionary foundings of the early American nation states. Authors that we will study include Christopher Columbus, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, John Smith, Mary Rowlandson, Carlos Sigüenza y Góngora, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Ebenezer Cook, Thomas Jefferson, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Benjamin Franklin, and Charles Brockden Brown. Aside from these readings, we will watch several movies dealing with the early Americas and study visual and material artifacts. Assignments include two papers, participation, one presentation, a midterm, and a final exam.


Two English courses in literature or permission of department.