Mapping Early American Literature

Course Description In this course on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American literature, we will read the seduction novels, sermons, captivity accounts, political pamphlets, slave narratives, and popular literature that helped to define the Americas and American identity in the colonial imagination. Authors and titles include the captivity narrative of Puritan Mary Rowlandson, the poetry of Phillis …

A More Perfect Union: 19th-Century American Literature and Social Reform

Course Description Many nineteenth-century American writers worried that the United States was not living up to its promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for all Americans; they used their voices and the written word to imagine a more equal and inclusive nation. In this class, we will study how literature helped the …