ENG391 202102 Undergraduate

Winter 2022
ENG 391
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Course Description: 

Development of the American novel from its beginnings to 1900.

American Novel

Kara Clevinger

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  • Title: Senior Instructor
  • Additional Title: Assistant Department Head
  • Phone: 541-346-1514
  • Office: 266 PLC
  • Office Hours: Summer term 6/21-7/17: Email for Zoom appt; https://uoregon.zoom.us/my/clev.dropin.hours
  • Website: Website
Department Section Description: 

Nineteenth-Century American Novel

Do you enjoy reading novels? Are you interested in writing a novel? Do you like history? This winter transport yourself with a novel to the strange and terrifying world of nineteenth-century America. There you’ll find characters fighting enslavement and injustice, characters chasing whales or being chased. Learn about how nineteenth-century authors crafted their novels and about the historical contexts in which they wrote. This course is designed around three major novels: Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Louisa May Alcott’s A Long Fatal Love Chase. The written work of the course will include an analysis essay on one of the novels and the student’s choice of a cumulative final exam or writing project.


A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

C-Literature 1789-Present

Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.