Butter, Michael, Prof. Dr.
The Early American Novel
Zeit: Do 10-12
Ort: Neuphilologicum, 108
Beginn: 27.10.2016
This class is dedicated to the earliest American novels, written between 1790 and 1800. Using five novels as exmaples, we will discuss which genres were popular at that time and which cultural functions novels performed for their readers. In addition, we will explore in what ways American novels of that decade were still dependent on British models and in which ways they already went beyond this dependency both on the level of content and that of form. Finally, we will also take the peculiarities of the American literary marketplace into account which also shaped the output of individual authors.

Please buy:

William Wells Brown, The Power of Sympathy

Hannah Forster, The Coquette (both novels are available in one volume of the

Penguin Classics series, ISBN 978-0140434682)

Susanna Rowson, Charlotte Temple (any edition will do)

Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland (Oxford World's Classics; edited Emory Elliott, ISBN 978-0199538775)

A reader containing Hugh Brackenridge's Modern Chivalry and required secondary sources will be available from Kuhn Copyshop a week before our first meeting.

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