Step inside the literary worlds conjured up by the likes of Poe, Melville, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Twain. Approach these writer's works from historical and literary perspectives. Ask what the qualities are that define distinctly American writing.
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This subject introduces and surveys some of the topics, themes and developments in canonical American literary fiction by Irving, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Perkins Gilman, Wharton, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Works by these authors will be studied in their immediate literary and historical contexts with an eye to exploring what makes their writing distinctively American.