26:352:510:02 Contextualizing Autobiography
("Topics in American Literature")

Ehrlich, 521 Hill Hall, Office hour: By appointment
353:510: Spring 2009, Wednesday (5:30-8:10pm), Index 54854
New classroom: Con 448
Email: ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu
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  • Online Resources | 510 texts--addenda

    Texts: Critical editions available at Bradley Hall and NJ Books stores.

    Norton Book of American Autobiography, ed. Jay Parini
    Franklin, Autobiography (Norton critical ed.)
    Thoreau, Walden (New Riverside ed.)
    Whitman, Leaves of Grass (Norton critical ed.)

    Week DateRevised Schedule (15 April 2009) -- (P) In Parini -- (N) In Norton Anthology
    1Jan 21Introduction: Course overview -- authors, types, theories
    22817th century: spiritual autobiography, Edwards, Personal Narrative PN | Rowlandson, Captivity narrative (P)N | Ashbridge P N3 | Shepard, Autobiography | Sincere Convert (link removed)
    3Feb 418th century: Vol 1 | Vol 2 Equiano, Interesting Narrative (N) | Vincent Caretta | Crevecoeur N |
    4 11 Franklin, Autobiography Norton Critical edition (P)N
    5 1819th Century Slave Narratives: 1. Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life (1845) (N) | My Bondage and My Freedom (P) | My Life and Times || 2. Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (ed. L. M. Child)
    6 25Transcendentalism: Thoreau, Walden (N), Civil Disobedience (N)
    7Mar 4Thoreau, continued
    8 11 Whitman, Song of Myself (1882) (N)
    - 18SPRING BREAK
    9 25 Whitman, cont.
    10Apr 1 Approaches to term paper proposals: Research suggestions
    11 8 19th Century Author Reports Options
    12 15 20th Century Author Reports: I | Term Paper Proposals drafts Apr 15, proposals by email Apr 20 | Hints
    13 22 20th Century Author Reports: II
    14 29 Term papers on Blackboard Apr 27: Discussions Apr 29
     May6 Take Home Final Exam due: