ENAM 388: The Literature of the South (F98)
last updated 8/28/98
Alan B. Howard
423 Bryan Hall
Office Hours: mwf 10 and by appointment
| Electronic Resources | Bibliography |


    Poe, The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Modern Library)
    Cohen and Dillingham, Humor of the Old Southwest (Georgia)
    Cable, The Grandissemes (Penguin)
    Twain, Puddn'head Wilson (Signet)
    Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom (Vintage)
    Faulkner, The Hamlet (Vintage)
    Warren, All the King's Men (Bantam)
    Wright, Native Son (Harper and Row)
    O'Connor, The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor (FS&G)
    Welty, Collected Stories (Harcourt Brace)
    Ellison, Invisible Man (Signet)


9/02: Organization and Introduction

    NOTE: There will be no class Friday, 9/4.

9/07: Introduction
    a) Was and Big Two Hearted River
    b) W.J. Cash, The Mind of the South, Book One, Ch. I: Of Time and Frontiers, Ch. II Of the Man at the Center, Ch. III: Of an Ideal and Conflict. (R)
    c) C. Vann Woodward, The Burden of Southern History, The Search for Southern Identity and The Irony of Southern History. (R)
    d) Ed Ayers, American Regionalism.
       Ed Ayers, What We Talk About When We Talk About the South.
       John Shelton Reed, The South, Where is it? What is it?

9/14: Poe:
         The Domain of Arnheim, The Ballon Hoax, The Black Cat, How to Write a Blackwood Article, A Predicament, The Cask of Amontillado, Descent into the Maelstrom, Diddling Considered as an Exact Science, The Fall of the House of Usher, Hop-Frog, The Imp of the Perverse, Ligeia, The Man of the Crowd, Masque of the Red Death, Morning on the Wissahiccon, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Purloined Letter, The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, William Wilson.

9/21: Southwestern Humorists:
        Weems, The Awful History of Young Dred Drake, Crockett, Bear Hunting in Tennessee, Longstreet, The Horse Swap, The Fight,  Field, The Death of Mike Fink, Harris, Sut Lovingood's Daddy, Acting Horse, Parson John Bullen's Lizards, Sicily Burns's Wedding, Mrs. Yardley's Quilting, Baldwin, Ovid Bolus, Esq, Thorpe, The Big Bear of Arkansas, Twain, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Jim Blaine and His Grandfather's Old Ram and Baker's Blue-Jay Yarn.

9/28: Cable: The Grandissemes

10/05: Twain, Puddn'head Wilson.

    NOTE: Draft of first essay due 10/9

            Reading Days: 10/10-10/13

10/14: Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom
    John Crowe Ransom, A Statement of Principles from I'll Take My Stand.
                                    , The South -- Old or New?  
    Allen Tate, Ode to the Confederate Dead and Narcissus as Narcissus.

    NOTE: First essay due 10/16

10:19: Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom (continued)

10/26: Faulkner, The Hamlet

11/02: Warren, All The King's Men.

11/09: Wright, Native Son.

11/16: O'Connor:
        The Geranium, A Stroke of Good Fortune, A Good Man is Hard to Find, A Late Encounter with the Enemy, The Life You Save May Be Your Own, The River, A Circle in the Fire, The Displaced Person, The Temple of the Holy Ghost, The Artificial Nigger, Good Country People, Greenleaf, The Enduring Chill, Revelation, Parker's Back, Judgment Day.

11/23: Welty:
        Petrified Man, Lily Daw and the Three Ladies, The Key, Keela, the Outcast Indian Maiden, Why I live at the P.O., A Memory, Clytie, Old Mr. Marblehall, A Curtain of Green, A Wide Net, Moon Lake, A Visit of Chairty, Powerhouse, A Worn Path, The Wide Net, A Still Moment, The Purple Hat, Livvie.

            Thanksgiving: 11/25-11/29

    NOTE: Second essay due 11/25

11/30: Ellison, Invisible Man.

12/07: Review

Examinations: 12/14-12/21

Course Requirements: Regular class attendance, participation in electronic discussion groups as well as in class, first and second drafts of two brief essays (5-7 pp.), comprehensive final examination.