Dr. Randi Tanglen, PhD

English Professor at Austin College

Director of the Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching

To Kill a Mockingbird: An American Classic On Trial

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

Rise Up! Protest and Dissent in American Literature

Course Description African American, American Indian, and American women writers have long used literature to speak out against racism, sexism, and other social inequalities in the United States. In this class we will read nineteenth-century authors including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Handsome Lake (Seneca), and Margaret Fuller to see how

Canons of 19th-Century American Literature

Course Description Nineteenth-century American writers and literary critics hoped to develop a canon of American literature that would distinguish itself from European literary traditions by representing a distinctively American identity and experience. When American literature emerged as its own field of study in the early twentieth century, critics had the