Summer 2017 Seminars

ENG 5613: Nineteenth Century American Literature

Instructor: Paul Ardoin
Class Time: TBA
Class Location: TBA

Course Description
In this course, we’ll read a number of 19th century American texts (many of which are on the MA exam reading list) through the lens of Affect Theory. That is, we’ll investigate the construction, circulation, and cultural import of feelings, emotions, affects.

Proposed Texts (to be purchased):

  • Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  • James’s The Portrait of a Lady
  • Sianne Ngai’s Ugly Feelings
  • Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

Proposed Texts (to be provided by instructor):

  • Sara Ahmed’s The Cultural Politics of Emotion
  • from Lauren Berlant’s The Female Complaint
  • Deleuze’s “Bartleby; or, The Formula”
  • Deleuze’s “Whitman”
  • Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark”
  • Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux”
  • James’s “The Turn of the Screw”
  • Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street”
  • Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”
  • Poe’s “The Gold-Bug”
  • Whitman’s “Song of Myself”


  • Short Paper (2-3 pages)
  • Research Paper (10-20 pages)
  • Critical Article Review (2 pages, with partner)
  • Critical Article Discussion (with partner)
  • Reading Quizzes

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