Dr. Rebhorn 3 credits
This course follows the development of the American novel from its beginnings in the late eighteenth century to World War I and the advent of Modernism. Reading novels by Brown, Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, James, Howells, and Twain, we will pay particular attention to the intertwined relationships between the aesthetics of the novel—what does an American novel look like—and the politics of long narrative—what does an American novel do. To that end, we will use our readings to explore how the novel is always already two things simultaneously: it is both a material object with certain generic characteristics and artistic structures, and a mode of reading that is affected by the socio-historical context surrounding the text.
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