Early American Gothic
Prof. Jared Gardner
office hours (DE 565): by appt. at
Introductions & Logistics • Errand into the Wilderness & The American Jeremiad
First-generation Crises: The Antinomian Controversy & the Pequod War
readings: Anne Hutchinson’s examination at Newtown (1637) and John Winthrop’s A Short Story of the Rise, reign, and ruine of the Antinomians, Familists & Libertines (1644) [C]; John Underhill, Newes from America; Or, A New and Experimentall Discoverie of New England (1638) [C]
Second-generation Crises & Captivity
readings: Mary Rowlandson, A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682) in Women’s Indian Captivity Narratives; selections from 1670s jeremiads (Samuel Danforth, Increase Mather) [handout in class]
Readings: Rowlandson (continued); Cotton Mather, A Notable Exploit [Hannah Dustan] (1707) in Women’s Indian Captivity Narratives
Witches & Witchhunts
Readings: selections from Salem Witch Hunt (37-115)
Readings: Salem Witch Hunt (101-78)
Puritan True Crime
Readings: Cotton Mather, Pillars of Salt (1699); Faithful Narrative of the Wicked Life &
Remarkable Conversion of Patience Boston (1738) [C]
Slavery & The Heart of Darkness
A narrative of the uncommon sufferings, and surprizing deliverance of Briton Hammon (1760); A Narrative of the Most remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince (1772); A Narrative of the Lord's Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant (1785) in Pioneers of the Black Atlantic
periodical research video lecture [C]
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789) in Pioneers of the Black Atlantic
Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland: or, The Transformation (1798)
Brown, Wieland (cont.)
Periodical project due
Periodical project (cont.)
Catherine Maria Sedgwick; Hope Leslie, or, Early Times in the Massachusetts (1827)
Hope Leslie (cont.)
Hope Leslie (cont.); Abraham Panther, “Surprising Account” (1787) in Women’s Indian Captivity Narratives
Washington Irving, The Sketchbook
Edgar Allan Poe, “Ligeia” (1838); “Fall of the House of Usher” (1839); “William Wilson” (1839); “Man of the Crowd” (1840)
Short Paper due
Poe, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841); "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1842); “The Masque of the Red Death” (1842); “Cask of Amantillado” (1846)
The Witch (2016)
Early American Hauntings in the 21st Century
Final paper due
FINAL EXAM (Carmen)
Additional readings will be available on the class’s Carmen site. Other supplementary materials will also be made available on the Carmen site during the course of the term.
In lieu of a midterm, we will have 5 quizzes spread out throughout the semester (roughly every three weeks). They will cover material from our reading, discussions and lectures. The lowest grade will be dropped. No make-ups allowed for missed quizzes.
There will be three writing projects for the class: 1 3-4 page paper; a 5-8 page final research paper; and a group “periodical project”. Suggestions and starting places will be distributed along with the paper prompt several weeks before the paper is due.
This is a large class focusing on over two centuries of American writing, so there will necessarily be some lecture. But the heart of the class will be your ideas, questions, opinions, and discoveries, so come prepared every day with things you want to talk about and be prepared to be called on to share them. In addition to discussion in class, we can take advantage of threaded discussion forums on Carmen. Active participation in discussions on Carmen forums will have a positive impact on your final grade.
More than four absences will negatively affect your final grade, with a lowering of your participation/attendance grade by a half-letter grade for each absence over 4. (Except in extreme, blood-curdling cases I make no distinction between “excused” and “un-excused” absences, so please don’t bring me “excuse” notes).
This class has a Carmen component. This will be the space where announcements, links, resources, and discussion forums will be found. Participation in the informal discussion forum on Carmen will count toward your participation grade.
Discussion on Carmen will be governed by the same rules of respect that would apply to our in-class discussions. I reserve the right to censor any posts that I deem insulting, demeaning, or abusive.
The rough grading formula for this class is 20%=quizzes; 15%=paper 1; 15%=periodical project; 20% final paper; 1 20%=final exam; 10%=participation/attendance
Plagiarism is the representation of another's works or ideas as one's own: it includes the unacknowledged word for word use and/or paraphrasing of another person's work, and/or the inappropriate unacknowledged use of another person's ideas. All cases of suspected plagiarism, in accordance with university rules, will be reported to the Committee on Academic Misconduct (Faculty Rule 3335-5-487). For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct at http://studentconduct.osu.edu.
Students with disabilities.
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office for Disability Services located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue; telephone 292-3307, TDD 292-0901; http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu/. Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs.