American fiction depicts characters in search of freedom. What are they trying to be free from? American writers seem obsessed with constraints which tell us a great deal about their history and culture. We will place each character in his/her social context and see how the meaning of freedom developed during the 19th century.
A short test will be given on each reading assignment. Participation in discussions in class will be a part of the evaluation. The final exam will consist of one essay question to be written in paragraph writing form in English.
Kate Chopin,The Awakening (Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed.)
Henry James, The Wings of the Dove (Norton Critical Edition)
Take good lecture notes. Read the assignment in time for the lectures. Attendance will be taken mainly by the short tests. You are encouraged to ask questions and give your views in class.
We will roughly follow the schedule below, spending 5-6 weeks for each novel.
1. The Awakening 2. Wings of the Dove
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