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ENGL162 PO - Race and Ethnicity in Nineteenth Century American Literature

When Offered: Last offered spring 2016.
Instructor(s): D. Berton Emerson
Credit: 1

This course brings canonical works together with U.S. minority literatures to examine the representations of race and ethnicity in 19th-century American national culture. Readings take a comparative approach that considers multiple races and ethnicitieis; for instance, Herman Melville’s “Benito Cereno” and its representation of an African American slave insurrection will be studied in conjunction with John Rollin Ridge’s contemporaneous “The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta,” a novel depicting a Mexican hero-turned-bandit in Gold Rush California. All readings will be contextualized with and illuminated by a variety of historical discourses and more recent critical theory. Final assignment include a research project on outside material.



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