Instructor: Person T 9:30 – 12:20pm
A course devoted to major fictional works published between 1860 and 1910, a period commonly associated with realistic and naturalistic writing. We shall read five pairs of novels that represent issues of money and class, with race and/or gender also often a factor. In addition to the primary texts, we shall read selected works of literary criticism exemplifying various critical and theoretical approaches. Requirements: one short paper, one article-length research paper, preparation of one annotated bibliography and leading class discussion.
Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron-Mills (1861). Feminist Press.
Frank Norris, McTeague (1899). Norton Critical Edition.
Selections, “The Man Who Thought Himself a Woman” and Other Queer Nineteenth-Century Short Stories. U of Pennsylvania Press.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, The Story of Avis (1877). Rutgers UP.
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (1881). Norton Critical Edition.
Samuel Clemens, Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894). Norton Critical Edition.
Charles Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition. Norton Critical Edition.
Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie (1900). Norton Critical Edition.
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (1905). Norton Critical Edition.