ENAM 311
American Literature to 1865
FALL 1995


TEXTS

Cabeza de Vaca, Voyage into the Unknown Interior of America (New Mexico)

Baym et al, ed., Norton Anthology of American Lit., vol. 1 (Norton)

Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (Norton)

Foster, The Coquette (Oxford)

Cooper, The Pioneers (Penguin)

Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (Bantam)


COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Attendance at All Lectures and Section Meetings

Mid-term (15%)

Class Participation (20%)

6-8pp Paper (35%)

Final Examination, Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 9 AM (30%)


NOTES

1) Regular class attendance and completion of reading assignments are both required. Students who miss more than 2 class meetings (section or lecture) will be penalized by half a letter-grade per missed class.

2) Assigned reading is to be finished by the day on which it is discussed in class.

3) Students who foresee a legitimate conflict with the Final Examination in this course should contact the instructor as soon as possible to schedule a make-up exam. Please note that according to College rules, make-up exams may only be scheduled after the regular test date.

4) All students must submit their proposed paper topics to either the Instructor or the TA for approval by Monday, November 6. Students who wish to benefit from the process of rewriting their essays may submit a rough draft. The deadline for doing so is Monday, November 20.

5) All students in this class must register for Electronic Mail before Friday, September 8.

6) Failure to complete successfully any one of the course requirements may result in failure for the entire course.


Instructor: Thomas Scanlan / Office: 108 Bryan Hall / Tel: 924-7722

Office Hours: Tu 1:00-3:00; W 12:00-1:00 / Email: tjs4e@virginia.edu

Lecture: M/W 11:00 - 11:50 / Newsgroup: uva.engl.enam311

Teaching Assistant: Matthew Kirschenbaum / Office: 140 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: M 9:15-1045; Th 9:15-1045 / Email: mgk3k@virginia.edu


Lecture & Reading Schedule

WEEK 1

M SEPT 4 Introduction

W SEPT 6 Cabeza de Vaca, Voyage into the Unknown Interior

F SEPT 8 Cabeza de Vaca

WEEK 2

M SEPT 11 Bradford (Norton, 129-160)

W SEPT 13 Bradstreet, "The Prologue" (200-201 in Norton), "Contemplations" (204-209), "The Author to Her Book" (212), "Before the Birth of One of Her Children" (212-213), "A Letter to Her Husband Absent upon Public Employment" (213-214), "On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet..." (218), "Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning..." (219-220)

F SEPT 15 Bradstreet (cont.) and Edward Taylor, "Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children" (292-293 in Norton), "Huswifery" (295)

WEEK 3

M SEPT 18 Mather, from Magnalia Christi... (Norton, 324-355)

W SEPT 20 Edwards, "Images or Shadows of Divine Things" (436-440 in Norton), "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" (412-423)

F SEPT 22 Franklin, Autobiography, Part I (Norton, 488-532)

WEEK 4

M SEPT 25 Franklin, The Autobiography, Parts II - IV (532-600)

W SEPT 27 Jefferson, Notes, (Queries I-XIII)

F SEPT 29 Notes on the State of Virginia (Queries XIV-XXIII)

WEEK 5

M OCT 2 Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano..., (Norton, 765-797)

W OCT 4 Equiano, ( cont.)

F OCT 6 Foster, The Coquette

WEEK 6

M OCT 9 NO CLASS - FALL BREAK

W OCT 11 Foster, The Coquette

F OCT 13 Midterm Review

WEEK 7

M OCT 16 MIDTERM

W OCT 18 Emerson, Nature, (Norton, 993-1021)

F OCT 20 Cooper, The Pioneers (Chaps. I- XVI)

WEEK 8

M OCT 23 The Pioneers, (Chaps. XVII-XLI)

W OCT 25 Thoreau, Walden, (Norton, 1719-1776)

F OCT 27 Walden, (1776-1889)

WEEK 9

M OCT 30 Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, (Chaps. 1-27)

W NOV 1 Uncle Tom's Cabin, (Chaps. 28-45)

F NOV 3 Fuller, Selections (Norton, 1589-1601)

WEEK 10

M NOV 6** Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, (Norton, 1932-1961) **Paper Topics Due**

W NOV 8 Douglass, Narrative, (1961-1995)

F NOV 10 Poe, "Ligeia," (Norton, 1453-1462); "The Purloined Letter," (1501-1513)

WEEK 11

M NOV 13 Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown," (Norton, 1198-1207); "The Minister's Black Veil," (1220-1229)

W NOV 15 Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, (Norton, 1249-1386)

F NOV 17 The Scarlet Letter

WEEK 12

M NOV 20** Melville, Benito Cereno, (Norton, 2293-2347) **Optional Rough Draft Due**

W NOV 22 & Th/F NOV 23/24 NO CLASS - THANKSGIVING BREAK

WEEK 13

M NOV 27 Whitman, "Preface to Leaves of Grass," (Norton, 2033-2047); "Song of Myself," (2048-2090)

W NOV 29 Whitman, Children of Adam & Calamus, (2101-2108)

F DEC 1 Dickinson, "Safe in their Alabaster Chambers," (Norton, 2447); "I felt a Funeral..." (2448-2449); "The difference between Despair," (2450)

WEEK 14

M DEC 4** Dickinson, "Wild Nights..." (2448); "Some keep the Sabbath..." (2453); "Pain--has an Element..." (2462); "Publication..." (2463); "My Life had stood..." (2465) **Paper Due**

W DEC 6 Concluding Lecture

F DEC 8 Exam Review


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