Classics of American literature
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Lecture 1: Introduction
Lecture 2: Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography: the first American story
Lecture 3: Washington Irving: the first American storyteller
Lecture 4: Ralph Waldo Emerson's yesterday: America's coming of age
Lecture 5: Emerson today: architect of American values
Lecture 6: Emerson tomorrow: deconstructing culture and self
Lecture 7: Henry David Thoreau: countercultural hero
Lecture 8: Thoreau: stylist and humorist extraordinaire
Lecture 9: Walden: yesterday, today, tomorrow
Lecture 10: Edgar Allan Poe: Poete Maudit
Lecture 11: Edgar Allan Poe: ghost writer
Lecture 12: Poe's legacy: the self as "Haunted Palace"
Lecture 13: Nathaniel Hawthorne and the American past
Lecture 14: The Scarlet letter: Puritan romance
Lecture 15: Hawthorne's "A": interpretation and semiosis
Lecture 16: The Scarlet letter: political tract or psychological study?
Lecture 17: Hawthorne our contemporary
Lecture 18: Herman Melville and the making of Moby-Dick
Lecture 19: The biggest fish story of them all
Lecture 20: Ahab and the white whale
Lecture 21: Moby-Dick: tragedy of perspective
Lecture 22: Melville's "Benito Cereno": American (mis)adventure at sea
Lecture 23: "Benito Cereno": theater of power, or power of theater?
Lecture 24: Walt Whitman: the American bard appears
Lecture 25: Whitman: poet of the body
Lecture 26: Whitman: poet of the city
Lecture 27: Whitman: poet of death
Lecture 28: The Whitman legacy
Lecture 29: Uncle Tom's cabin: the unread classic
Lecture 30: Stowe's representation of slavery
Lecture 31: Freedom and art in Uncle Tom's cabin
Lecture 32: Emily Dickinson: in and out of nature
Lecture 33: Dickinson's poetry: language and consciousness
Lecture 34: Dickinson: devotee of death
Lecture 35: Dickinson: "Amherst's Madame de Sade"
Lecture 36: Dickinson's legacy
Lecture 37: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: American paradise regained
Lecture 38: Huckleberry Finn: the banned classic
Lecture 39: Huckleberry Finn: a child's voice, a child's vision
Lecture 40: Huckleberry Finn, American orphan
Lecture 41: Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson: black and white charade
Lecture 42: Henry James and the novel of perception
Lecture 43: The Turn of the screw: do you believe in ghosts?
Lecture 44: Turning the screw of interpretation
Lecture 45: Stephen Crane and the literature of war
Lecture 46: The Red badge of courage: brave new world
Lecture 47: Stephen Crane: scientist of human behavior
Lecture 48: Charlotte Perkins Gilman: war against patriarchy
Lecture 49: "The Yellow Wallpaper": descent into hell or free at last?
Lecture 50: Robert Frost and the spirit of New England
Lecture 51: Robert Frost: "At home in the metaphor"
Lecture 52: Robert Frost and the fruits of the earth
Lecture 53: T.S. Eliot: unloved modern classic
Lecture 54: T.S. Eliot: "The Waste Land" and beyond
Lecture 55: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: American romance
Lecture 56: The Great Gatsby: a story of lost illusions?
Lecture 57: Fitzgerald's triumph: writing the American dream
Lecture 58: Ernest Hemingway's The Sun also rises: novel of the lost generation
Lecture 59: The Sun also rises: spiritual quest
Lecture 60: Ernest Hemingway: wordsmith
Lecture 61: Hemingway's The Garden of Eden: female desire unleashed
Lecture 62: The Garden of Eden: combat zone
Lecture 63: William Faulkner's The Sound and the fury: the idiot's tale
Lecture 64: The Sound and the fury: failed rites of passage
Lecture 65: The Sound and the fury: signifying nothing?
Lecture 66: Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!: Civil War epic
Lecture 67: Absalom, Absalom!: the languages of love
Lecture 68: Absalom, Absalom!: the overpass to love
Lecture 69: The Grapes of wrath: American saga
Lecture 70: John Steinbeck: poet of the little man
Lecture 71: The Grapes of wrath: reconceiving self and family
Lecture 72: Invisible man: black bildungsroman
Lecture 73: Invisible man: reconceiving history and race
Lecture 74: Invisible man: "What did I do to be so black and blue?"
Lecture 75: Eugene O'Neill: great god of American theater
Lecture 76: Long day's journey into night: there's no place like home
Lecture 77: Tennessee Williams: managing libido
Lecture 78: A Street named Desire: the death of romance
Lecture 79: Death of salesman: death of an ethos?
Lecture 80: Death of salesman: tragedy of the American dream
Lecture 81: Toni Morrison's Beloved: dismembering and remembering
Lecture 82: Beloved: a story of "thick love"
Lecture 83: Beloved: Morrison's writing of the body
Lecture 84: Conclusion.
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