2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CLITR 3131 Nineteenth Century American Novel

This course will focus on major nineteenth century American novels and novellas, all of which have now achieved canonical status. In analyzing the novels, we will examine how the novel, as a literary art form, changed over the period, and the factors that informed these changes. We will also consider key themes in the novels that were central to the literature of the period: the importance of nature; the tensions between wilderness and civilization; conflicts between individual versus social and group identity; trust in the goodness of human nature (and suspicion of established tradition and belief); the emergence of a distinct African American and women's literary voice. In addition to the novels themselves, we will read and discuss selected works of literary criticism that provide valuable interpretive perspectives and pose important questions.




CLITR 1100


every even Fall semester