American Literature from 1789 to 1900

Course Number: ENGL 103A
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 103A
Quarter: Summer A 2016
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 3:30pm - 4:35pm
Location: SH 2635

Newly independent from the British, the nineteenth century saw Americans eager to forge a new national identity for their new nation. While the expansion of rail travel increased the geographic unity of the country, this new accessibility made disparate regional identities within the nation ever- more apparent to its citizens. Through nineteenth century prose and poetry, this class will consider the tension between national and regional identity inherent to our nation.  Course readings will include works by Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Sophia Alice Callahan, Mark Twain, and Kate Chopin.