ENGL313 - American Literature
0101-0104 - Robert Levine

An overview of American literature from the seventeenth-century to the present, with a focus on major works and key literary movements. Lectures and discussions will consider historical contexts (debates on slavery, race, immigration, and other matters), along with strategies of close reading and interpretation. Readings will include Benjamin Franklin's “Autobiography,” Herman Melville's “Benito Cereno,” Frederick Douglass’s Narrative, Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, poetry by Whitman and Dickinson, and several other works. Two 4-7 page papers, a number of short "reader response" papers, a midterm, and a final exam.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.