American Fiction to 1900

L355 — Spring 2020

Jennifer Fleissner
Days and Times
2:30-3:45 TR
Course Description

TOPIC: “Political Fictions”

This class looks back to a time when novels played a central role in American political debate. We'll read works by such authors as Stowe, Melville, Twain, Chopin, Edward Bellamy, and Charles W. Chesnutt that center on matters still roiling the nation today, from race to economic inequality to feminism to individual rights vs. social reform. Come see how these issues were addressed when they first caused widespread discussion, and reflect on what their history might help us understand about the present day.