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.