Week 1: Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or The Whale
Preparation/Book of Commonplace
This is a wonderful resource on 19th Century US literature run by Dr Mark Storey, from our Department, and his colleagues: BrANCA
Susan-Mary Grant: A Concise History of the United States of America. Chapters 5-8 - to be read as the term progresses.
Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville - read: John Bryant, 'Moby-Dick as Revolution.'
Rebecca Stott on Moby Dick - Moby-Dick: Into the Wonder-World, Audaciously
Great online Version of Moby-Dick- full of extra information
Week 2: Moby-Dick
From our own China Mieville, Railsea- partly a 21st Century homage to Moby Dick.
Transcendentalism. Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Transcendentalist
|Week 3: Henry James, The Bostonians||
Cambridge Companion to Henry James - read: Sara Blair, 'Realism, Culture, and the Place of the Literary: Henry James and The Bostonians.'
|Week 4: Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth||Cambridge Companion to Edith Wharton - read: Maureen Howard: 'The Bachelor and the Baby: The House of Mirth.'|
|Week 5: W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk||
This is a site from PBS in the US that provides an excellent overview of Jim Crow.
Booker T. Washington Delivers the 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech. At first supported by DuBois, but later rejected. Please read this and these more detailed sections from Washington's Up From Slavery: An Autobiography.
|Week 7: Eugene O'Neill, The Emperor Jones||
Paul Robeson in The Emperor Jones from 1933.
First night criticism. Cambridge Companion to Eugene O'Neill. Read: Daniel. J. Watermeier: O'Neill and the Theatre of His Time.
|Week 8: Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound & others, Selected Poetry||Pound: Kulchur, Mauberley, Metro. Stein: The Making of Americans. Rowe: Afterlives of Modernism.|
|Week 9: Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop||
80 years on from Death Comes for the Archbishop The New York Times revisits the scene.
'The Enchanted Bluff' - Willa Cather's first published writing about the southwest.
|Week 10, Tba|