ENGL A438-001loyola university new orleans
Wednesdays 6:20-9:00 p.m
Dr. Barbara C. Ewell
|This course will explore the
literature of the American South and some of the historical
and social contexts of this remarkable literature, including
its extension across national borders into the Global South.
We'll begin with a few major nineteenth-century texts,
including a extended consideration of southern local color
fiction, and then we'll concentrate on twentieth-century
fiction, with a possible detour through the Tennessee
Williams Festival and conclude with a sampling of some
contemporary southern writers. By close readings and writing
about a range of authors from different historical periods,
with different economic and racial backgrounds, writing in a
variety of genres, we will try to identify and understand
some of the ideas and attitudes that make the South such a
distinctive region of the United States—and its literature
so crucial to our national identity.
More formally, our goals include:
• understanding the varied traditions of writing and writers in the American South;
• recognizing and assessing the values embodied in these texts and traditions;
• examining some of the diversity in southern experience and how individuals confront those differences;
• articulating and exploring in writing, both formal and informal, some of the texts and contexts of southern literature;
• gaining experience in oral and electronic presentations;
• exploring the relevance of these writings and issues to our own life and times.
Note: Some of these (and other) texts may be available electronically. Starred texts (*) may become alternate readings, so don't buy those that you don't want to read.
If you're trying to cut costs, many texts are also available secondhand through other commercial booksellers. All of these texts have been ordered through the Loyola Bookstore; some texts may also be available for rental at the bookstore.
Douglas, Ellen. Can't Quit You, Baby. New York: Penguin, 1988. ISBN-13: 978-0140121025 ($18.00)
Douglass, Frederick. A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. New York: Dover Thrift, 1995. ISBN-13: 978-0486284996 ($1.50)
Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom! New York: Vintage, 1990. ISBN-13: 978-0075536574 ($9.00)
Franklin, Tom. Poachers. New York: Harper Collins, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0688177713 ($12.95)
*Gwin, Minrose, The Queen of Palmyra. New York: Harper, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0061840326 ($14.99)
*Martin, Valerie. Property. New York: Random House, 2004. ISBN-139780075713309 ($14.00)
O'Connor, Flannery. A Good Man Is Hard to Find. New York: Harcourt, 1983. ISBN-13: 978-0156364652 ($13.95)
Tretheway, Natasha, Native Guard. Boston: Mariner Books, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0618872657 ($13.95)
Wright, Richard. Uncle Tom's Children. New York: Harper, 1991 ISBN-13: 978-0060587147 ($3.99)
Welty, Eudora. Texts to be provided.
Southern Local Color Stories of Region, Race, and Gender. Eds. Barbara C. Ewell and Pamela Glenn Menke. Athens: U Georgia P, 2002. ISBN-13: 978-0820323176 ($24.00)
[Selections from this text will be provided online, but you may want your own complete copy.]
Williams, Tennessee. TBA. [We may attend a performance of a play at the Tennessee Williams Festival.]
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