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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  North American Literature 1
   Sources of information
Basic Nina Baym, gen. ed. (2012). The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume A (1700-1820) & Volume B (1820-1865). New York: Norton

All required readings are from the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volumes A & B (8th edition). All other secondary readings will be provided either in photocopied format or on the Moodle platform. 


  American Literature of the Colonial and Republican periods.

1.2. Colonials and Native-Americans: Inhabiting America

Mary Rowlandson, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.


1.3. Becoming American

Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer (selections)

Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography (Parts One & Two).

Thomas Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence”.

Washington Irving, “Rip Van Winkle”.


2. American Literature 1820-1865: American (Re)naissance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar"

Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher"

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Herman Melville, "Benito Cereno"

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself".

Emily Dickinson, selected poems

3. America after the Civil War

Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


American Literature I: Bibliography

0. Literary Histories

Elliott, Emory, gen. ed. Columbia Literary History of the United States. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988.

Gray, Richard. A History of American Literature. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

Ruland, Richard & Malcolm Bradbury. From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature. London: Routledge, 1991.

More advanced:

Bercovitch, Sacvan, gen. ed. The Cambridge History of American Literature, Vol. 1: 1590-1820. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

---, gen. ed. The Cambridge History of American Literature, Vol. 2: Prose Writing 1820-1865. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

0.1. General web sites for Am. Lit.

Voice of the Shuttle: American Literature - http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2739

- One of the premier web sites for American literature and general literary resources

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/table.html

- Research and study guide for American literature by professor Paul Reuben (California State University)

0.2. Literary texts on the Web

Project Gutenberg - http://www.gutenberg.org/

The Internet Archive - http://archive.org/details/texts

Open Library - http://openlibrary.org/

The Poetry Foundation - http://www.poetryfoundation.org/

Further references will be provided on individual authors on the course Moodle page.

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