Syllabus #2

English 136B
Nineteenth Century American Literature: 1820-1865

Professor Christopher Newfield
University of California, Santa Barbara

Jan. 3

Introduction: America, land of the nineteenth century

American Nations

Jan. 8

Madison, "Federalist 10"

Hawthorne, "My Kinsman, Major Molineux"

Phillips, "Toussaint L'Ouverture"

Apes, "An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man"

Boudinot, "An Address to the Whites"

Chief Seattle, "Speech of Chief Seattle"

Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government"

American Homes

Jan. 15

Thoreau, Walden

Fuller, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century"

Jan. 22

Grimké, "Letters on the Equality of the Sexes"

Stoddard, "The Prescription"

Cary, "Uncle Christopher's"

Emerson, "Circles"

Jan. 29

Anon., "The Three Brothers"

Dickinson, Selected Poems

American Selves

Feb. 5

Dickinson, Selected Poems (cont'd.)

Whitman, "Song of Myself"

Feb. 12

Copway, "The Life of Ka-ge-ga-gah-bowh"

Emerson, Divinity School "Address"; "The American Scholar"

Poe, "To Helen"; "The City in the Sea"; "The Sleeper"; "The Valley of Unrest"; "The Raven"; "Ligeia"; "The Fall of the House of Usher"

Feb. 19

Poe (cont'd.)

American Liberties

Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July"; Narrative of the Life"

Jacobs, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"

Feb 26

Higginson, "Nat Turner's Insurrection"

Child, "Preface, Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans"

Mar. 5

Weld and Grimké, "Appeal to the Christian Women of the South"

Melville, "Benito Cereno"

Realism After Wartime

Mar. 12

Melville, Billy Budd

Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham

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