ENG562 201901 Graduate

Fall 2019
ENG 562
Applies To: 
American Literature 1800-1900 (Prior Approval Needed for ENG Grads)

William Rossi

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3955
  • Office: 363 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20: MW 3-4 and by appointment
Department Section Description: 

This course will survey several of the greatest literary hits of nineteenth-century America, including poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and the novel. Some of these works only later became “hits;” others were only ever hits with nineteenth-century readers; and a few have hardly ever been considered anything else. In the process we will attend closely to these works’ literary forms as well as to their philosophical and political dimensions, especially as their authors worked to represent and come to grips with slavery, colonialism, increasing urbanization and industrialization, and other pressing issues.


With the help of likely authors to be studied such as Kate Chopin, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Sarah Orne Jewett, William Wells Brown, Henry Thoreau, and Zitkala-Ša, in addition to sharpening your interpretive and writing skills, this course is guaranteed to enable you to answer the burning question, “What’s so great about nineteenth-century American literature?”