Introduction to Literature
As an introduction to reading, analyzing, and writing about literature, our course will focus on a study of American literature set in New York City between 1853, the date Melville's "Bartleby The Scrivener" was published and 1939, the beginning of the Second World War. Using literary representations of the city as a lens through which to consider larger social, cultural, artistic, and economic changes occuring during this period, the course will introduce students to various tools and methods for reading, interpreting, and writing about poetry, fiction, and drama.
Herman Melville, "Bartleby The Scrivener"
Djuna Barnes, "Maud"
Willa Cather, "Coming, Aphrodite"
Rudolf Fisher, “The City of Refuge”
Zora Neale Hurston, “Harlem Slang”
Henry James, Washington Square
Walt Whitman, "I Hear America Singing," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"
Marianne Moore, "New York," "Granite and Steel"
Langston Hughes, "I, Too, Sing America"
O'Neill, The Hairy Ape
1) Rodgers, Johannah, ed. What Is Writing? A Brief Introduction to Writing as an Act of Communication (Open Access Edition).
2) A College-level English Dictionary. You can use reliable dictionaries on the web, e.g., Merriam Webster, Oxford, and/or a dictionary that you already own.
Bazerman, Charles, and Harvey S. Wiener. Writing Skills Handbook
Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say/I Say:
The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing
Some Key Poetic Terms and Forms
Villanelle (o)Visual Poetry
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