Fundamentos de la Literatura Norteamericana
Session 2023-2024


1. Literary Culture in the Colonies.
  - Mary Rowlandson.
2. The Puritan Background: Writings.
   - Anne Bradstreet.
3. Revolution and the Republic.
   - Philip Freneau.
   - Benjamin Franklin.
4. The Early Prominence of American Literature:
    - Washington Irving.
    - James Fenimore.
    - Edgar Allan Poe.
5. The American Renaissance.
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    -  Henry David Thoreau..
    - Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    - Herman Melville.
6. New American Verse in the 19th Century.
    - Emily Dickinson.
    - Walt Whitman.
7. Late 19th-Century American Fiction.
    - Mark Twain.
    . Kate Chopin.

General Bibliography


This course is designed to introduce students to American literature, ranging from the 17th century
to late 19th century. We will examine particular currents of thought and feeling of different authors
that have led to the formation of the modern sensibility, recognizing that our contemporary view
of  the world has developed from earlier perspectives that must be understood if our culture is to thrive.
Class discussions focus on issues and questions that may be raised during the examination in relation 
to the assigned texts. Students are encouraged to attend classes and to use the bibliographic resources
at the  Central Library. Further information on the teaching guide for this subject, please visit
As an additional note, students should check the English Department's “Announcement for Lectures”
for a list of lectures given by visiting scholars concerning this field of study. 
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