2003: Big Books of American Literature

Sharon Burgmayer, "Interface"

Resources for Unit One: Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. 1852; rpt. Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Elizabeth Ammons. New York; W.W. Norton, 1994.

Baldwin, James. "Everybody's Protest Novel." 1949; rpt. Uncle Tom's Cabin. 495-501.

The King and I. Dir. Walter Lang. Videorecording. Twentieth Century Fox. 1956; 1999. 133 minutes.

Tompkins, Jane P. "Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History." 1978; rpt. Uncle Tom's Cabin. 501-522.

Dancing to the Promised Land: The Making of Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zance Dance Co. Videorecording. VIEW Video.1994. 60 min.

The Rodney King Case: What the Jury Saw in CA v. Powell. Videorecording. MPI Home Video.1992. 116 min.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture: A Multi-Media Archive
including texts, images, songs, 3-D objects, film clips, &c.

electronic text and resources fr. UVA library

Berkeley course page w/ many Uncle Tom images

On James Baldwin (commentator on Uncle Tom's Cabin)


On Jane Tompkins (another commentator)

On Richard Wright (whose "Bigger Thomas" is seen as a descendent of "Uncle Tom")



Lott, Eric. Introduction and "Uncle Tomitudes: Racial Melodrama and Modes of Production." Love and Theft : Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York : Oxford University Press, 1995. 3-12, 211-233.

Murphy, Jacqueline Shea. "Unrest and Uncle Tom: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land." Bodies of the Text: Dance as Theory, Literature as Dance. Ed.Ellen W. Goellner and Jacqueline Shea Murphy. New Brunwick, NJ: Rutgeres University Press, 1995. 81-106.

Williams, Linda. "'A Wonderful, 'Leaping Fish': Varieties of Uncle Tom" and "Trials of Black and White: California v. Powell and the People v. Orenthal James Simpson." Playing the Race Card : Melodramas of Black and White from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2001. 45-95, 252-295.

Unit Two:
Melville, Herman.
Moby-Dick. 1851; rpt. Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Hershel Parker, Harrison Hayford. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002.

Lawrence, D.H. "The Spirit of Place" and "Herman Melville's Moby-Dick." Studies in Classic American Literature. 1923; rpt. New York: Penguin, 1978. 7-14, 153-170.

Olson, Charles. "First Fact is prologue," "Call Me Ishmael" and "Fact #2 is dromenon." Call Me Ishmael. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. 3-15, 77-78.

Moby Dick. Dir. John Huston. Videorecording. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 1956; 1996. 115 minutes.

The X-Files: "Quagmire" episode

Naslund, Sena Jeter. Ahab's Wife; or, The Star-Gazer. New York: Harper Collins, 2000.

Delbanco, Andrew. "Melville Has Never Looked Better." The New York Times Book Review. October 28, 2001. 13-14.

Insko, Jeffrey. "Art After Ahab." Postmodern Culture 12, 2 (2001)

Unit Three:
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 1885; rpt. Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Sculley Bradley et. al.New York: W. W. Norton, 1977.

Robinson, Forrest. "An 'Unconscious and Profitable Cerebration': Mark Twain and Literary Intentionality." Nineteenth-Century Literature 50, 3 (December 1995): 357-380.

Smiley, Jane. "Say It Ain't So, Huck: Second Thoughts on Mark Twain's Masterpiece,'" Harper's Magazine (January 1996): 61-67.

Arac, Jonathan. Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target: The Functions of Criticism in Our Time. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

Margolis, Stacey. "Huckleberry Finn: or, Consequences." PMLA 2001: 329-343.

Jefferson, Margo. "Literary Pentimento." New York Times Book Review. February 17, 2002.

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Videorecording. Loew's. Dir. Richard Thorpe. 1939; 1989. 89 min.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Videorecording. Disney Productions. 1993. 106 min.

South Park: an episode on homophobia.

Spike Lee's Huckleberry Finn

Unit Four (The Class Divided into Two Reading Groups):

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. 1850; rpt. Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Sculley Bradley et. al. New York: W.W. Norton, 1978.

Carpenter, Frederic. "Scarlet A Minus." American Literature and the Dream. 1955; rpt. Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1968.

Arac, Jonathan. "The Politics of The Scarlet Letter." Ideology and Classic American LIterature. Ed. Sacvan Bercovith and Myra Jehlen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Roger, Patricia. "Taking a Perspective: Hawthorne's Concept of Language and Nineteenth- Century Language Theory." Nineteenth-Century Literature 51, 4 (March 1997): 433- 454.

Gone with the Wind. Videorecording. Selznick International Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Dir. Victor Fleming. 1939, 1989. 239 min.

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women. 1868-69. Rpt. New York: Bantam, 1983.

McIntosh, Peggy. "Interactive Phases of Curricular Re-vision: A Feminist Perspective." Wellesley, MA: Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, 1983.

Auerbach, Nina. Communities of Women: An Idea in Fiction. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1978.

Dalke, Anne. "'The House-Band': The Education of Men in Little Women." College English 47, 6 (October 1985): 571-578.

Stadler, Gus. "Louisa May Alcott's Queer Geniuses." American Literature 71, 4 (December 1999): 657-677.

Little Women. Videorecording. Columbia Pictures. Dir. Gillian Armstrong. 1994. 119 min.

Sex and the City: the "baby shower" episode.

Unit Five: [Selections from] Whitman and Dickinson

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. The First (1855) Edition. Ed. Malcom. Cowley. New York: Viking Press, 1959.

Moon, Michael. "Introduction: Whitman and the Politics of Embodiment." Disseminating Whiteman: Revision and Corporeality in Leaves of Grass. Cambirdge: Harvard University Press, 1991.1-25.

Sachez-Eppler, Karen. "To Stand Between: Walt Whitman's Poetics of Merger and Embodiment." Touching Liberty: Abolition, Feminism and the Politics of the Body. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. 50-82.

Dickinson, Emily. Final Harvest. 1980; rpt. and ed. Thomas Johnson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1961.

Bennett, Paula. "Of Genre, Gender and Sex." Emily Dickinson: Woman Poet. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1990. 150-180.

Runzo, Sandra. "Dickinson, Performance, and the Homoerotic Lyric." American Literature 68, 2 (June 1996): 347-363.

The Classroom Electric

The Geographical Imagination in Whitman and Dickinson

Additional Readings on Pedagogy, Thinking , Diversity, Play...

Dalke, Anne. "Outside the Mainstream/In the Well of Living Waters: Towards a Feminist Quaker Pedagogy." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 28 (1999).

Grobstein, Paul. "This Isn't Just MY Problem, Friend: Some thoughts on science education, education, American culture, and what to do about it." http://serendipstudio.org/sci_edu/problem.html

-----. "Diversity and Deviance: A Biological Perspective." http://serendipstudio.org/gen_beh/diversity.html

-----. "From Genomes to Dreams." http://serendipstudio.org/gen_beh/Dreams.html

-----. "Playground." http://serendipstudio.org/playground/

Siegel, Donald. "Play, Games, Sport, and Athletics." http://www.science.smith.edu/exer_sci/ESS200/Play/PlayH01.htm

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