This summer, I am teaching an American literature survey curse through 1865. While I have taught this course multiple times, I have been contemplating and incorporating new assignments into the classroom the past couple of times I have taught it. One such assignment calls for students to use digital archives of the Freedom’s Journal to find a an article, summarize it, then tell their … Read More Working With Archives in the Literature Classroom
Last post, I wrote about Richard Wright’s deployment of music in Uncle Tom’s Children. That post made me think about one of the songs that appears in Bethesda’s recent video game Fallout 4. The game, which takes place during the aftermath of a nuclear war that decimates the world’s population and leads to a post-apocalyptic environment, relies heavily on a mid-twentieth century aesthetic in … Read More "Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)" & Joseph Boyden’s "Three Day Road"
Last year, I wrote a post on the Ernest J. Gaines Center’s blog about William Apess and Daniel Webster. The post examines Apess’s and Webster’s views in regards to the date commemorating the Pilgrim’s arrival at Plymouth Rock (December 22). Today, I want to take the time to share with you a syllabus I constructed for an Early American Literature class. Entitled “The Vanishing … Read More "’The Vanishing American’ in American Literature" Syllabus