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Explication de textes : Poe to Stowe: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Fiction

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2011 -> 2011

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


This explication de textes class will focus on U.S. literature of the mid-nineteenth century, a period that has been called the "American Renaissance." We will examine some of the authors associated with that term, now no longer used, such as Hawthorne and Melville, but we will also read writers that have only entered the American canon since the 1970s, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass, a runaway slave. Even Edgar Allan Poe was not considered a serious American author in the 1940s when the term "American Renaissance" was coined. Thus, in addition to learning about narrative techniques and prose analysis, we will discuss the ways in which the discipline of American literary study and criticism has evolved and changed the definition of American literature along with it. The focus, however, will be on close reading of passages and the tools needed for effective analysis of fiction prose. Assessment will be based on a short midterm essay, a longer final essay and an oral presentation or leading of a group discussion. Short written responses to the texts may be assigned from time to time during the semester.


In order to validate the course, students will need to write two short essays (a midterm of 2-3 pages and a final essay of 6-8 pages), and lead a group discussion during the course of one class session.


Texts: excerpts from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself, short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, and Ambrose Bierce.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Niveau B2 (cadre européen commun de référence)

Informations supplémentaires


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