Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG360H1F L0101

ENG360H1F  L0101 MW 2-5
Early American Literature
Instructor:
P. Downes
Office Phone:
416-978-5044
Office Location:
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 731
Email:
paul.downes@utoronto.ca

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: Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume A: Beginnings to 1820 (Ninth Edition) W.W. Norton, 2017)

First Three Authors/Texts: Bradstreet poems; Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity.”

Method of Instruction: Lecture/discussion.

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


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