English 144 - Fall, 2016

Post-Civil War American Literature

Class Information

Instructor: Shipe, Cara
CRN: 54250
Time: MWF 10:00-10:50
Location: 146 Olson


    This course provides an overview of post-Civil War American literature written between 1865 and 1910. We will examine mutable definitions of ‘Americanness’ as they play out in the tumultuous social arena of the latter nineteenth century U.S., particularly in relation to the end of formal slavery, rapid industrialization, increasing immigration, and progressive social movements. We will closely attend to the content and form of texts from literary traditions including sentimentalism, regionalism, realism, and naturalism in order to uncover the complicated—and enduring—ways in which social and biological domains converge in ideas of human difference and citizenship.


    Reading Pop Quizzes, 10%
    In-class Participation, 15%
    Essay 1, 20%
    Essay 2, 30%
    Final Exam, 25%


    The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
    The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
    Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    The House Behind the Cedars, Charles Chestnutt
    Mrs. Spring Fragrance, Sui Sin Far
    Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins, Mark Twain
    The Story of My Life, Helen Keller
    Maggie, A Girl of the Streets and The Monster, Stephen Crane
    Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    The Awakening, Kate Chopin