LI 270-01 American Literature I
Fall 2003
Dr. Hamblin


The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 5th edition, Volume 1 (Textbook Service)

Student Requirements:

Three outside papers (30%)
One oral presentation (10%)
Midterm and final exams (40%)
In-class activities (20%)


Aug 26                       Introduction

Aug 28-Sep 11           Colonial and Early Republic:  Selections

            "The Iroquois Creation Story," p. 53
            Letters from Christopher Columbus, pp. 11, 13
            Bernal Diaz del Castillo, "The Destruction of Tenochtitlan," p. 32
            John Smith, "A Description of New England," p. 114
            William Bradford, "Of Plymouth Plantation," pp. 181-187
            Roger Williams, Statements on conscience, pp. 243-246
            Anne Bradstreet, Poems, pp. 270-275
            Edward Taylor, "Meditations," pp. 332-340; "Huswifery," p. 349
            William Byrd, "The Secret Diary," p. 423
            Jonathan Edwards, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," p. 474
            Benjamin Franklin, "Rules by Which a Great Empire . . .," p. 502; 
                Autobiography, pp. 586-587, 593-596
            J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, "What Is an American," p. 641
            Thomas Paine, "The Crisis: No. 1," p. 699; "The Age of Reason,"
                p. 705
            Philip Freneau, Poems, pp. 816-823
            Phyllis Wheatley, Poems, pp. 825-835      

Sep 16                       Washington Irving

            "Rip Van Winkle," p. 936
          "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," p. 948

Sep 18                       James Fenimore Cooper

            Excerpts from The Pioneers, p. 981

Sep 23                       William Cullen Bryant

Sep 25-Oct 2              Ralph Waldo Emerson

            "The American Scholar," p. 1101
            "The Divinity School Address," p. 1114
            "Self-Reliance," p. 1126

Oct 7-9                      Nathaniel Hawthorne
            "My Kinsman, Major Molineux," p. 1223
            "Young Goodman Brown," p. 1236
            "Rappaccini's Daughter," p. 1285

Oct 14                       Midterm Exam

Oct 21-23                  Edgar Allan Poe 

            Poems, pp. 1483-1498
            "Ligeia," p. 1499
            "The Fall of the House of Usher," p. 1508
            "The Tell-Tale Heart," p. 1546

Oct 28-Nov 4            Henry David Thoreau
            "Resistance to Civil Government," p. 1752
            Walden, pp. 1768-1800, 1816-20, 1844-47, 1935-43

Nov 6                       Frederick Douglass  

            Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,
           pp. 2000-2014, 2019-2026, 2045-2057 

Nov 11-18                Walt Whitman  

            "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"
            "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking"
            "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd"
            "Passage to India"
            "Song of Myself" (sections 1-6, 20-21, 24, 47-52)

Nov 20-Dec 2           Herman Melville  
            "Bartleby, the Scrivener"
            Billy Budd, Sailor

Dec 4-11                  Emily Dickinson  
            Poems, pp. 2491-2525

Dec 18                     Final Exam