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Julie Pesano - English

ELIT 48A Major American Authors 1620-1855

ELIT 48A Fall 2016 Syllabus

ELIT 48A Fall 2016 Presentations

ELIT 48A Fall 2016 Presentations with Names

Glossary of Terms Weeks 1-4
Glossary of Terms Part II
Glossary Terms Part III

ELIT 48A Literary Response 2013 Instructions Fall 2016

Alternative Literary Response Fall 2016

Sample Literary Response 2013
Sample Literary Response #2 2015
Sample Lit Response 3 (2015)
Sample Lit Response Fall 2015

Sample Lit Response 2016
Literary Response Grading Rubric

"Guide to Poetry Scansion"

Analytical Tools for Deconstructing Literary Texts by Marilyn Patton

The "Official English" Movement and the Symbolic Politics of Language in the United States

How and Why We Read by John Green;;feature=g-high-u

Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer"Deep reading" is vigorous exercise from the brain and increases our real-life capacity for empathy

Writing in Literature - The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University is a great resource to read more about Literary Theory, Writing about Literature, and Close Readings

American Lit- Quick and Dirty

Weekly Schedule and Handouts

Week 1 Native Voices
Native American Creation Story Spring 2013
Iroquois Creation Story Questions
American Passages Video (Native Voices) Discussion Questions
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Week 2 Discovery and Conquest
Columbus Day Sale
Columbus and Smith Questions

Columbus and Smith Quotes for Analysis

Group Presentation
American Ideals and Values
1492: Conquest of Paradise - Film about Columbus
Native American Response to Christopher Columbus

Some Mythic Conceptions of John Smith 
        Colin Farrell - New World Trailer -

         Pochahontas - Disney Trailer

Jamestown Shmoop video -
The True Columbus Legacy

Week 3 Religion and Settlement
Puritanism 101
Historical/Cultural Context for Puritans and Pilgrims
Religion and Settlement (Bradford, Bradstreet, Edwards)
Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower 2006 Documentary
Plymoth Plantation Pictures Courtesy of my student Jenna Davis who is a descendant of John Howland
"Tis a Gift to Be Simple" Shaker Hym;app=desktop

Painting: Puritan/Plain Style vs. British Decadence 17th Century

Puritan Pic 1

Puritan Pic 2

Puritan Pic 3

King Charles II

Marie Antoinette

Of Plimmoth Plantation as a Literary Work  by Perry D. Westbrook
Conscious Art in Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation by E. F. Bradford
Bradford's Two Histories: Pattern and Paradigm in Of Plymouth Plantation
Rhetorical Analysis of Sinners Interesting Article by Edward J. Gallagher of Lehigh University analyzing the structure, parallelism, repetition, imagery, and pathos/logos of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
Anne Bradstreet Article by Lisa Day-Lindsay "Bradstreet's 'The Author to Her Book'" This article from the Explicator analyzes the cultural context of child birth in Puritan life.
Anne Bradstreet Article by Robert Hilliker "Engendering Identity: The Discourse of Familial Education in Anne Bradstreet and Marie de L'Incarnation" This article focuses on Bradstreet's poetry within the context of the changing transatlantic discourse on American colonialism.

Week 4 - Revolutionary Writings
Age of Enlightenment Power Point
Franklin and Jefferson Discussion Questions 2
Way of Wealth Article 1 This Article examines The Way of Wealth in comparison to another literary work in which a fictitious character examines his past writings
Declaration of Independence Deconstructed
Rhetorical Analysis of the Declaration of Independenc
Neoclassical Architecture
Classical Music - Mozart
More Classical Music - Mozart and Bach
Great Youtube clip of HBO series John Adams highlighting Franklin's demeanor
Great Youtube clip of HBO series John Adams highlighting Jefferson
Drunk History highlighting Jefferson and Adams
Benjamin Franklin's Satire - 
        1. "A Letter to the Royal Academy" Franklin makes a suggestion to a group of Scientists to throw away all their abstract theory and find a way to make farts smell nice. You heard me.
        2. Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School  by Carl Japikse
        3. Silence Dogood Letters

Week 5 - American Nationalism (Renaissance?)
American Renaissance Group Presentation Power Pt 

Washington Iriving and James Fenimore Cooper Questions

Hudson River School Paintings
Rip Van Winkle Powerpoint Thanks to Adity from group 4 for sharing this very helpful info on different readings of Rip!
Rip Article - Generational Divide
Rip Article - Hero's Journey
Rip Article - Storytelling
Rip Article - Landscape
Rip Article - Feminist Reading
Rip Van Winkle Film directed by Frances Ford Coppola
Last of the Mohicans Article 1 Overview of intercultural aspect of native and anglo to discover American identity
Cross-Cultural Hybridity in The Last of the Mohicans by Lindsey Claire Smith
Last of the Mohicans Essay for Berkeley Am Lit
Last of the Mohicans Film - Daniel Day Lewis
Week 6 - Midterm
Midterm Preview 2015
48A Midterm Checklist of Points 2013
#3 - Revolutionary Writings

Week 7 - The American Romantic Movement I- Hawthorne
Romanticism Power Point (This mostly focuses on English, but can apply to American as well)
Romanticism Hawthorne Presentation
Nathanial Hawthorne Questions
"Shadows and Illuminations: Spiritual Journeys to the Dark Side in "Young Goodman Brown" and Eyes Wide Shut
" by John Neary
Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil"
The Sins of the Fathers by Frederick Crews;printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
Hawthorne and Women: Engendering and Expanding the Hawthorne Tradition by John L. Idol and Melinda M. Ponder;printsec=frontcover&dq=Hawthorne+and+Women&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAGoVChMIsKvG_Zn3yAIVCqKICh03-wxi#v=onepage&q=Hawthorne%20and%20Women&f=false
Article on Young Goodman Brown
Article on Minister's Black Veil
Young Goodman Brown Cartoon

Romantic Literary Traits

Romantic Theory:
Natural Supernaturalism by M.H. Abrams;;printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
The Mirror and the Lamp by M.H. Abrams;;source=gbs_book_other_versions
Neoclassicsim vs. Romantcism Introduction to Romantic Philosophy and Literature: Interesting comparison between John Locke's Empiricism (basis of Neoclassical thought) and Emmanuel Kant's Idealism (basis of Romanticism) 

Emmanuel Kant and Romanticism:

Romantic Painting:
1. Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People- French Revolution
2. Wanderer Above the Sea and Fog by Caspar David Friedrich - Isolation and Individual
3. The Cornfield by John Constable 1826 - Landscape painting
4. Hudson River School Painters -
Romantic Music
1. Frederic Chopin
2. Felix Mendelssohn;;feature=related

Week 8 - The American Romantic Movement II - Melville

Herman Melville Discussion Questions
Melville Biography Analysis Excerpt of Laurie Robertson-Lorant's 1996 Biography on Melville
Herman Melville Biography Video
Bartleby Themes
Bartleby the Scrivener 1 Article by Mark Elliot about ambiguous symbol of Bartleby character
Bartleby Article #2 "Doing Justice to Bartleby" by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock - article analyzing how the narrator's account of the scrivener is an attempt to fill the void with words.
Bartleby Article #3 "Cisero's Head in Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener" by Steven T. Ryan
Bartleby Article #4 "Melville's Bartlby as Psychological Double" by Mordecai Marcus

Romanticism vs Realism

Dr Bernstein Lecture on Bartleby
Film Adaptations
Bartleby (2001) Film directed by Jonathan Parker, Crispin Glover plays Bartleby
Bartleby, The Scrivener (1969)
Office Space (1999) Director Mike Judd - possible modern day adaption of capitalistic/working world.

Benito Cereno Major Themes
Benito Cereno Article 1 by Mary Rohrberger - examines the short story as "a microcosm of gigantic proportions."
Benito Cereno Article 2 "Melville's (inter)national burlesque: whitface, blackface, and 'Benito Cereno'" by Jason Richards - 

Week 9 - Gothic Undercurrents - Poe
Gothic Architecture Notre Dame, Paris, France
Edgar Allan Poe Discussion
The Philosophy of Composition
Essay on Madness in Poe's Short Stories
The Raven Article by Dan Gioia
Evolution of the Insanity Plea
Stories of the Psychotic Personality

Spaces of the Cinematic Home This text explores the house as a reflection of the inner psyche. Check out page 9 of the introduction for an overview of the Attic as SuperEgo, the first floor as the Ego, and the cellar as Id.

Essay on Poe as Time Traveler
Raven Poem Parody For extra credit write a poem using the rhyme scheme and meter of "The Raven"
Biography on Edgar Allen Poe
Stephen King vs Edgar Allen Poe Rap Smackdown
The Raven 2012 film with John Cusack
The Simpsons "Raven" (A Classic!)
The Black Cat - Short Film
The Tell Tale Heart - short film (1941)
A Close Proximity to the Cat Sound from Poe's "Black Cat"

Week 10 - Transcendentalism - Emerson and Thoreau
Transcendentalism Discussion Questions
Trascendentalism Powerpoint by Sita Thomas
Emerson Power Point 2 by Evelyn Jimenez
Self-Reliance Article by Candyce Norvell
Walden Article by Markus Poetzsch
The Learning Channel's Great Books Walden

Famous Emerson Quotes Youtube Video

Week 11 - Slavery and Freedom - Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass Questions 2015
Harvard University Press Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Revisited
American Passages Video on Slavery and Freedom
Internalized Racial Oppression Article
Hero's Journey Steps
Glove and Boots Summary of Hero's Journey
Writing in the Spaces Left: Literacy as a Process of Becoming in the Narrative of Frederick Douglass by Lisa Sisco
The Politics of Language in Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of an American Slave by Lisa Yun Lee
Critical Essay on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself by Doreen Piano

Frederick Douglass Biography

Thomas Jefferson vs. Frederick Douglass Epic Rap Battle

Frederick Douglass Drunk History

12 Years a Slave

Week 12 - Final Exam

Elit 48A Final Exam Preview 2013

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Last Updated: 12/6/16