Spring 2011

Colonies, Empires, and a New Republic

Listed in: English, as ENGL-10


Barry O'Connell (Sections 01 and 02)


Once American literature began with the Pilgrims and Puritans, though they were latecomers among the Europeans in the Americas. In this course we will begin with the oral traditions of some of the native inhabitants and then read accounts from the European discovery and conquest, Spanish, French, and English: Columbus, Verrazano, Cartier, Cortes, Bradford, and others. Then we will read the literature of the settlers: diaries, sermons, captivity narratives, and autobiographies. In the eighteenth century we will follow the emerging literature of independence, not only that written by Anglo-Americans, but also the writings of Africans and African Americans like Olaudah Equiano. We will end the course with the literature of post-independence: novels by Charles Brockden Brown and Rebecca Rush.

Limited to 40 students. Spring semester. Professor O'Connell.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 20112022-23: Not offered
2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 20092022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2013, Spring 2021