Literary texts in English 6: Upstairs/Downstairs: Domestic constructions in 19th-century American literature
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1. Aanvangscompetenties (begintermen)
It is advisable that students taking this course have first passed "Introduction to the Study of Literature in English" and "Fiction in English" (BA1).
2. Eindcompetenties (eindtermen)
- The ability to understand and discuss literary texts that reflect reality as it was experienced at different moments in late nineteenth-century American literature.
- The ability to write a coherent and inspired medium-long essay about these texts.
Upstairs/ Downstairs: Domestic Constructions in 19th-Century American Literature
While the colonial household encompassed home, factory, and school, nineteenth-century America saw a rise in interiority and an increasing distinction between public and private space. Though domesticity was a moral and powerful center, a positive nationalist, cultural, and spiritual force of the nineteenth century, resistance to its centrality is understandable as while it provided triumph for some, it silenced, limited, and subjugated others. In fiction and non-fiction, the concept of home was idealized or abhorred, an escape or a prison, a space of concentrated power or isolated discrimination.
How are domestic existences crafted? What do they convey about self and nation? Do individual homes represent any sort of collective American experience or truth(s)? We will be studying the implications of home—and homes away from home. Ultimately, homemaking is a form of self-making. In the process of studying issues of identity, community, isolation, individualism, and escape that arise in domestic portraits, we will also examine constructions of race, ethnicity, gender, and class. Literary genres to be studied include the novel, essay, and short story.
Eigen werk: Opdrachten:Individueel
Permanente evaluatie: (tussentijdse) testen
Schriftelijk werkstuk: zonder mondelinge toelichting
6. Noodzakelijk studiemateriaal
Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Louisa May Alcott, Hospital Sketches and Transcendental Wild Oats
Catharine Beecher & Harriet Beecher Stowe, The American Woman’s Home (selections)
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
Please note that the only reliable editions of the above-mentioned books are available at De Groene Waterman, where you are also getting a student discount. Books bought elsewhere threaten to be totally useless in class.
7. Facultatief studiemateriaal
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
Clarence Cook, The House Beautiful
Edith Wharton & Ogden Codman, The Decoration of Houses
Students have the opportunity to hand in a draft of the paper and to discuss it in tutorials.
A document with guidelines and suggestions on how to write a research paper will be made available on Blackboard. For problems relating to the course, please contact your professor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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