EN 317 Earlier American Literature
FA 2009 HO
Okerstrom, Dennis R.
Associate Professor, English and Liberal Studies
Ph.D., English and History
7:30--9 MWF; 11 -- 12 MWF; 2:45 -- 3:30 MW, or by appointment
17 August -- 11 December 2009
9:00 - 9:50 AM
Textbook: The Bedford Anthology of American Literature, Vol. 1 (Beginnings to 1865). Belasco and Johnson, 2008.
Additional Resources: We will be studying earlier American literature from a Cultural Poetics perspective, sometimes called the New Historicism. What that means is that we will not confine our studies to words on the pages of your text. We will consider context, additional contemporary texts, laws and customs of the day, the roles of religion, regionalism, nationalism, politics, culture, art, and nearly anything else that is relevant to human experience. Thus, a variety of journal articles (keep J-STOR in mind) and other extra-textual resources will be used. Some will be provided by the professor, others you will be expected to discover on your own.
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