Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 AM

Professor: Robert Habich

The purpose of this course is to expose English majors and minors to some of the most important works, writers, and movements in American literature up to the Civil War, with attention to diverse voices and genres.  Though I realize that you will be reading some of these authors for the first time, the class is not designed as an introduction to literary analysis.  By the end of the semester we will all know the works better–and, I hope, we will have had some fun understanding the best that early American writers produced.  Graded assignments include a midterm examination, a critical research report on a text of your choice from the syllabus, a final examination, and class participation and preparation, including performance on frequent, unannounced quizzes over the reading.