HS The Rise of the American Novel



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mo 18:00-19:30, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das HS Literature kann wie folgt verwendet werden:

- L-GYM Englisch: "Hauptmodul L-Gym Literature"

- BA English and American Studies: "Hauptmodul A Literature" mit begleitender Independent Study Group

- BA American Studies: "Hauptmodul A Literature/Culture" mit begleitender Independent Study Group

- MA North American Studies - Literature: 5, 8

- MA North American Studies - Culture: 4, 7

- MA The Americas/Las Américas: Modul 4

- MA English Studies: "Freie Ergänzungsstudien/Wild Card": Wie Aufbaumodul, mit begleitendem Kurs


The course will study the US American novel from its transatlantic beginnings to the late nineteenth century. We will discuss the rise of fiction and the genre of the novel in its social, economic, and cultural contexts and within the intersection of race, class, gender, and national discourses. How does the novel emerge from economic conditions of a literary market? What are its circumstances of production and reception, its conditions and its social functions at a given time?

Note: Please be aware that, by definition, novels are longer prose texts. Reading especially the earlier examples will take patience and effort, and students will be expected to be willing to engage with fictional texts as well as with theoretical texts on the aesthetic and poetological debates of its time. If you feel that you cannot make time for such reading in your personal schedule and semester workload, this class may not be a good fit for you.

Empfohlene Literatur

Please acquire and read: Susanna Rowson |Charlotte Temple|; Charles Brockden Brown |Wieland, or, The Transformation|; Nathaniel Hawthorne |Blithedale Romance|; Mark Twain |The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn| Additional texts will be made available on StudOn. Please note that there will be a "no screen”-policy and that you will thus need to acquire paper editions for this class!