Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG360H1F L0101

ENG360H1F  L0101   T1-3, R1
Early American Literature
Professor Paul Downes

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 731

Brief Description of Course: This course explores writing in a variety of genres produced in the American colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, such as narratives, poetry, autobiography, journals, essays, sermons, court transcripts. Topics to be broached: the wilderness; affliction; depravity; witchcraft; rationalism; liberalism and revolution. Authors studied may include Mary Rowlandson, Edward Taylor, Anne Bradstreet, Cotton Mather, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Charles Brockden Brown.

Required Reading: TBA,

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA,

Method of Instruction: Lecture/discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Short and mid-length essay assignments, class participation.

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