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Spring 2010 American Survey Reading Schedule

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Reading Schedule


Jan. 7 Th     Introductions, Syllabus

Emily Dickinson, 372 [After great pain, a formal feeling comes -] (Norton C: 85)


Jan. 12 Th    Frederick Jackson Turner, from “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” (Norton C:


Walt Whitman, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” (Norton C: 21-25)

Emily Dickinson, 225 [I’m ‘wife’ – I’ve finished that], 236 [Some keep the Sabbath going to Church

– ] (Norton C: 74-81 passim)



Jan. 14 Th    Mark Twain, from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapters 1-2, 14-15 (Norton C: 100-114,


Joel Chandler Harris, “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story” and “How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox” (Norton C: 512-516)

Charles Chesnutt, “The Goophered Grapevine” (Norton C: 688-696)


Jan. 19 T    Sarah Orne Jewett, “A White Heron” (Norton C: 522-528)

Kate Chopin, “The Storm” (Norton C: 531-534), “Desiree’s Baby” (in Passing: 213-218)



Jan. 21 Th    Henry James, “Daisy Miller,” (Norton C: 391-429), from “The Art of Fiction” (Norton C: 918-920)


Jan. 26 T    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Norton C: 808-819)



Jan. 28 Th    Stephen Crane, “The Open Boat” (Norton C: 1000-1016)

Frank Norris, “A Plea for Romantic Fiction” (Norton C: 923-926)


Feb. 2 T    Frank Norris, “Fantaisie Printanière” (Norton C: 931-938)

        Theodore Dreiser, from Sister Carrie (Norton C: 938-954)


Modernism(s): Poetry

Feb. 4 Th    Carl Sandburg, “Chicago” (Norton D: 1436-1438)

Ezra Pound, “A Pact,” “In a Station of the Metro,” from The Cantos I (Norton D: 1477-1494 passim); from “A Retrospect” (Norton D: 1505-1507)

Frost, “The Pasture,” “Mending Wall,” “The Death of the Hired Man,” “After Apple-Picking,” “The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,” “Fire and Ice,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (Norton D: 1388-1403 passim)


Feb. 9 T    Wallace Stevens, “The Emperor of Ice Cream,” “Anecdote of the Jar,” “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a


(Norton D: 1439-1456 passim)

Mina Loy, “Parturition,” “Brancusi’s Golden Bird,” (Norton D: 1456-1462)

William Carlos Williams, “The Young Housewife,” “The Red Wheelbarrow,” “This Is Just To Say” (Norton D: 1462-1477 passim)


Modernism(s): The Harlem Renaissance

Feb. 11 Th    WEB DuBois, from The Souls of Black Folk (Norton C: 894-901)

Paul Laurence Dunbar, “When Malindy Sings,” “An Ante-Bellum Sermon,” “We Wear the Mask,” “Sympathy,” “Harriet Beecher Stowe” (Norton C: 1039-1044)

Paper 1 Due


Feb. 16 T    Nella Larsen, Passing, Part One (1-34)


Feb. 18 Th    Nella Larsen, Passing, Parts Two and Three (35-82)


Feb. 23 T    Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “Mother to Son,” “I, Too,” “The Weary Blues,”

"Mulatto,” “Song for a Dark Girl,” “Visitors to the Black Belt,” “Note on Commercial Theatre,” “Words Like Freedom,” “Madam and Her Madam,” “Madam’s Calling Cards,” “Silhouette,” “Theme for English B” (Norton D: 2026-2037 passim); from “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (Norton D: 1512-1513)

Claude McKay, “The Harlem Dancer,” “Harlem Shadows,” “The Lynching,” “If We Must Die,” “America,” “Outcast” (Norton D: 1686-1689)

Countee Cullen, “Yet Do I Marvel,” “Incident,” “Heritage,” “From the Dark Tower” (Norton D: 2060-2065)

Feb. 25 Th     Midterm Exam


Modernism(s): Fiction and Drama

Mar. 2 T    Ernest Hemingway, “Big Two-Hearted River, Part I,” “Big Two-Hearted River, Part II,” “Now I Lay Me,”

“Indian Camp” (on wiki)


Mar. 4 Th    F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Winter Dreams” (Norton D: 1822-1839)


Mar. 9 T    Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 1 (Norton E: 2325-2357)


Mar. 11 Th    Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 2 and Requiem (Norton E: 2357-2392)


Mar. 15 – 19     Spring Break


Kitchenettes, Confessionals, and Beats: Mid-Century Poetry

Mar. 23 T    Gwendolyn Brooks, “kitchenette building,” “the mother,” “a song in the front yard,” “The White Troops

Had Their Orders But the Negroes Looked Like Men,” “We Real Cool,” “The Blackstone Rangers” (Norton E: 2409-2420 passim)

Theodore Roethke, “Weed Puller,” “Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze,” “My Papa’s Waltz,” “Dolor,” “The Waking,” “I Knew a Woman” (Norton E: 2133-2146 passim)


Mar. 25 Th    Allen Ginsberg, “Howl,” “Footnote to Howl,” “A Supermarket in California” (Norton E: 2574-2584)

Sylvia Plath, “Morning Song,” “Lady Lazarus,” “Daddy,” “Words,” “Child” (Norton E: 2698-2711 passim)

Robert Lowell, “Memories of West Street and Lepke” (Norton E: 2392-2394, 2404-2405)



Postmodern Pastiche

Mar. 30 T    Donald Barthelme, “The Balloon” (Norton E: 2679-2683)

Hunter S. Thompson, from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (Norton E: 2492-2493)

Ishmael Reed, “Neo-HooDoo Manifesto” (Norton E: 2844-2848)


Apr. 1 Th    Thomas Pynchon, "Entropy"

John Cheever, "The Swimmer"


Postmodern Multiculturalisms 

Apr. 6 T    Sandra Cisneros, “Woman Hollering Creek” (Norton E: 3163-3171)

Gloria Anzaldúa, from Borderlands/La Frontera (Norton E: 2935-2941 [second break], 2947-2955)

Paper 2 Due


Apr. 8 Th    Alice Walker, “Everyday Use” (Norton E: 3009-3016)

 Toni Morrison, “Recitatif” (Norton E: 2684-2698)


Apr. 13 T    Sherman Alexie, all poems and “Do Not Go Gentle” (Norton E: 3239-3248), “Because My Father Always

Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock” (on wiki)

Joy Harjo, all poems (Norton E: 3127-3134)


Apr. 15 Th     Jhumpa Lahiri, “Sexy” (Norton E: 3248-3264)


Apr. 20 T    Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (http://yhchang.com), Texts TBA


Apr. 22 Th    Richard Powers, “Modulation” (on wiki)

Closing Thoughts and Course Conclusions


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