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    Goucher College
   
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue
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ENG 254 - The American Novel (4 Cr.)


This course traces developments in American literature from the 1880s through the 1980s, a period dominated by the rags-to-riches plot. Students will explore how writers such as Alger (Ragged Dick), Twain (Puddn’head Wilson), Dreiser (Sister Carrie), James (Daisy Miller), Wharton (The House of Mirth), Chopin (The Awakening), Harper (Iola Leroy), Norris (McTeague), and Burroughs (Tarzan) obsessively reworked this plot, even as they grappled with the moral costs of social ambition and the obstacles that women, minorities, and the lower classes faced in their struggle upward. Prerequisite: WRT 181  or sophomore standing. (Can count for WEC or WID: See English Major: General Requirements) Fall semester. Marchand.



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