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HNR 340 – American Beginnings

Course Schedule:

MW 03:45pm-05:05pm

Location:

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Instructor:

Roylance, Patricia

Counts toward:

HNR Hum

MySlice Info:

Class #: 32599
Section: M001
# Credits: 3

Course Description:

When, where, and with what does “American literature” begin? At stake in this question are our basic assumptions about what Americanness is, as well as our basic assumptions about what literature is. Who gets to be called an “American” and what counts as “literature”? Should Native American oral stories be part of the canon of American literature? How about the letters from Spanish and French explorers describing the Americas to their royal backers? How about William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which takes place on an island obviously inspired by the New World? This class will read a variety of early American writings, including traditionally revered accounts of the founding and early days of the British settlements at Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, and Jamestown. But we will also draw from a more expansively defined “early America,” potentially encompassing Native America, the colonial Americas (Spanish, French, British, and Dutch), and the writers in Europe who were responding to the idea of the New World (new to them, at least).

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