As I finish off parts of my reading list, I’ll keep track of them on here.
American Literature Reading List
Zuni Poetry (Heath) Aztec Poetry (Heath) “A Modell of Christian Charity”: Winthrop (Heath) “The Prologue,” “Contemplations,” “A Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment,” “The Author to Her Book”: Bradstreet (Heath, except “Contemplations”) A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson: Rowlandson (excerpt Heath) Autobiography: Franklin The Interesting Narrative: Equiano (excerpt, Heath) Selected Poems: Wheatley (Heath) Letters from an American Farmer: J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur: (excerpt, Heath) Jefferson: Notes on the State of Virginia: excerpts from Query XI, XIV, XVII, XVIII (Heath) Tales From the Hispanic Southwest (Heath) “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Irving
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Jacobs (excerpt, Heath)
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening, 1899 Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Women’s Rights, July 23, 1848; “I Have All the Rights I Want”: Tract by E. C. Stanton, 1859; “Is it a Crime for U.S. Citizen to Vote?”: Speech by Susan B. Anthony, January 16, 1873. [All texts available in Golden Library: The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Rutgers UP, Volumes I, II] Narrative of the Life: Frederick Douglass Wilson, Harriet. Our Nig, 1859
House of the Seven Gables, Hawthorne
“Benito Cereno,” “Bartleby the Scrivener” : Melville
“Nature” “Self-Reliance”: Emerson
“Fall of the House of Usher,” “Ligeia”: Poe
Jewett, Sarah Orne. “A White Heron,” 1886
Gillman, Charlotte Perkins. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” 1892
Alcott, Louisa. “My Contraband”
James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw, 1898
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1885
Crane, Stephen. “The Open Boat,” 1898
Preface to the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass, “Song of Myself”: Whitman
“Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” “My Life a Loaded Gun,” “The Soul selects her own Society,” “I dwell in Possibility,” : Dickinson
Dunbar Nelson, Alice. “I Sit and Sew
Secondary: American Literature, 19th Century
Buell, Lawrence. “The Transcendentalist Movement.” The Transcendentalists. Ed. Joel Meyerson. New York: Modern Language Association, 1984.
Romero, Lora. “Introduction,” “A Society Controlled by Women,” and “Conclusion.” Home Fronts: Domesticity and Its Critics in the Antebellum United States. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1997.
Fielder, Leslie. “The Novel in America.” Love and Death in the American Novel.
20th Century American Literature
Anaya, Rudolf. Bless Me Ultima, 1972
McCarthy, Cormac. All The Pretty Horses, 1992
McNickle, Darcy. The Surrounded
Austin, Mary. The Land of Little Rain, 1903 Cather, Willa. My Antonia
Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom, 1936
—. The Sun Also Rises, 1926
Hurston, Zora Neal. Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby, 1925
Antin, Mary. The Promised Land, 1912
Miller, Arthur. The Crucible, 1953
Morrison, Toni. Beloved
Wharton, Edith. House of Mirth
Kerouac, Jack. On the Road
Silko, Leslie. Ceremony
Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Eliot, T.S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” 1917
Hughes, Langston. “A Negro Speaks of Rivers.”
Rich, Adrienne. “Diving Into the Wreck”
Plath, Sylvia. “Daddy”
Ortiz, Simon. “My Father’s Song,” “It was that Indian” from Woven Stone
Frost, Robert. “Mending Wall”
O’Brian, Tim. “The Things They Carried,” 1990
O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” 1955
—. “Good Country People”
Anderson, Sherwood. “Death in the Woods,” 1933
Carver, Raymond. “A Small Good Thing.”
20th Century American Literature Secondary
Bercovitch, Sacvan. “Introduction: The Music of America” and “The Ritual of Consensus.” The Rites of Assent. New York: Routledge, 1993.
Jameson, Fredric. “Preface,” “T.W. Adorno; or Historical Tropes,” and “Towards Dialectical Criticism.” Marxism and Form: Twentieth Century Dialectical Theories of Literature. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1974.
Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction. 2nd Ed. Minnesota: U of Minnesota P, 1996.
Baym, Nina. “Melodramas of Beset Manhood.”
Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark