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Syllabus 2017-18

Term 1


Week 1: Introduction

Thomas Jefferson “Declaration of Independence” (1776)
Thomas Jefferson “Notes on the State of Virginia” (excerpt 1785)
Washington Irving “Rip Van Winkle” (1819)


Unit 1: Haiti and the Ocean

Week 2: Leonora Sansay Secret History or the Horrors of St Domingo (1808)


Week 3: Herman Melville, “Benito Cereno” (1855)
*Susan Buck Morss “Hegel and Haiti” (2000)


Unit 2: The Frontier

Week 4: Charles Brockden Brown Edgar Huntly (1798)
*Stephen Shapiro and Philip Barnard (introduction to the Hackett edition)

Week 5: John Rollin Ridge, The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta (1854)

Week 6: READING WEEK

Week 7: Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)


Unit 3: The Plantation and After

Week 8: Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
*Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin (“Topsy” and “The Little Evangelist,” 1852)
*Sojurner Truth “Ain’t I a Woman?” (1851)


Week 9: Paul Laurence Dunbar, ‘The Lynching of Jube Benson’ (1904); Thomas Nelson Page, ‘No Haid Pawn’ (1887) Charles Chesnut “Po Sandy” (1899)
*Booker T Washington “Atlanta Compromise Speech" (1895)
*Ida B Wells “Lynch Law in America” (1900)
*Strongly Recommended but not mandatory WEB DuBois "Counter-Revolution of Property"Counter-Revolution of Property" Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860–1880 (1935)


Week 10: Pauline Hopkins “Talma Gordon” (1900)


Term 2


Unit 4: The Factory

Week 1: Rebecca Harding Davis, 'Life in the Iron Mills' (1861)
* Henry David Thoreau “Economy” Walden (1854, excerpt)


Week 2: Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (1905)


Unit 5: Europe and the Empire of Ruins

Week 3: Henry James Daisy Miller (1879) 
Optional: Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ (1839)


Unit 6: The Roots of Urban Crisis

Week 4: Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick (1867)
*Photos from Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives: Here and Here (1890)

Week 5: Charles Chesnutt of The Marrow of Tradition (1901)
*Strongly Recommended but not mandatory WEB DuBois "Back Towards Slavery" Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860–1880 (1935)

Week 6: READING WEEK


Unit 7: Utopias and A Space of Our Own

Week 7: Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896)

Week 8: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915)

Week 9: Sutton E Griggs Imperium in Imperio (1899)

Week 10: TBD

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