Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG363Y1Y L0101

ENG363Y1Y   L0101   MWF12
Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Instructor: Dr. G. Hamilton

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBA
Email: TBA

Brief Description of Course: This course explores writing in a variety of genres – including speeches, essays, memoirs, poems, short stories, and novels – published from the late eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth. Our discussions will trace the genesis, evolution and contestation of seminal mythologies of the self and the nation – above all, the idea of America as a New World paradise for the autonomous individual – in juxtaposition with the complicated, paradoxical and sometimes brutal historical realities lying behind them.

Required Reading: TBA.

First Three Authors/Texts:  Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (selections); Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life; Irving, “Rip Van Winkle”

Method of Evaluation: In-class tests, three essays, final exam, participation.

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