Development of the American novel from its beginnings to 1900.
Do you enjoy reading novels? Are you interested in writing a novel? Do you like history? This summer transport yourself with a novel to the strange and terrifying world of nineteenth-century America. There you’ll find characters fighting gothic terrors, enslavement, social injustice, and the cult of true womanhood. Learn about how nineteenth-century authors crafted their novels and about the historical contexts in which they wrote. This course is designed around four major novels: Louisa May Alcott’s Behind a Mask, S. Alice Callahan's Wynema, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and Charles Chesnutt’s The House Behind the Cedars.
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.
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.