Readings

Required Texts

Hawthorn, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter [1850]. New York, NY: Penguin Classics, 2002. ISBN: 9780142437261. The e-text is available at Project Gutenberg.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin [1852]. New York, NY: Wordsworth Editions, Ltd., 1999. ISBN: 9781840224023. The e-text is available at Project Gutenberg.

James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw [1898]. Clayton, DE: Prestwick House, Inc., 2006. ISBN: 9781580491617. The e-text is available at Project Gutenberg.

Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom! [1936]. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1991. ISBN: 9780679732181.

Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior [1976]. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1989. ISBN: 9780072435191.

McCarthy, Cormac. Blood Meridian [1985]. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 2002. ISBN: 9780679721888.

Morrison, Toni. Beloved [1987]. New York, NY: Plume, 1998. ISBN: 9780452280625.

Erdrich, Louise. Tracks [1988]. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2004. ISBN: 9780060972455.

Roth, Philip. American Pastoral [1997]. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 2004. ISBN: 9780099771814.

Jones, Edward P. The Known World [2003]. New York, NY: Amistad, 2006. ISBN: 9780061159176.

Readings by Session

SES # TOPICS READINGS
1 Introduction (no readings)
2 Nathaniel Hawthorne Scarlet Letter, chapters 1-20.
3 Scarlet Letter, chapter 21-end.
4 Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin, chapters 1-28.
5 Uncle Tom’s Cabin, chapter 29-end.
6 William Faulkner Absalom, Absalom!, chapters 1-3.
7 Absalom, Absalom!, chapters 4-6.
8 Absalom, Absalom!, chapters 7-9.
9 Henry James Turn of the Screw (read all).
10 Maxine Hong Kingston Woman Warrior. Read “No Name Woman.”
11 Woman Warrior. Read “White Tigers”; “Shaman”; “At the Western Place.”
12 Woman Warrior. Read “A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe.”
13 Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian, chapters 1-4.
14 Blood Meridian, chapters 5-13.
15 Blood Meridian, chapter 14-end.
16 Toni Morrison Beloved, pp. 1-117.
17 Beloved, pp. 118-165.
18 Beloved, pp. 170-end.
19 Louise Erdrich Tracks, chapters 1-4.
20 Tracks, chapters 5-7.
21 Tracks, chapter 8-end.
22 Philip Roth American Pastoral, chapters 1-3.
23 American Pastoral, chapters 4-5.
24 Edward P. Jones The Known World, pp. 1-177 (chapters 1-5).
25 The Known World, pp. 179-end (chapters 6-12).
26 The Known World (final discussion).

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