Literary History of American Violence: Settler Colonialism, Self-Making, and Resistance

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

History of American Violence

Spring 2020

Taught By: Anthony Galluzzo

Section: A

CRN: 7677

Credits: 4

This course provides a selective introduction to the literary history of the United States, with a particular focus on the role of violence—toward various “others” and the land itself—in nineteenth-century US literary representations of an “errand in the wilderness” exacted upon “virgin land.” We will also examine how the mythology of the self-made man—and they are almost always men—overlaps with narratives of violent masculinitythat revolve aroundwhat one critic calls. “redemption through violence,” while attending to the radical appropriations of these myths on the part of slaves and indigenous people as they sought to remake the US and US literary culture in more inclusive, and democratic, forms. Authors might include Brown, Poe, Melville, Walker, Douglass, and Delaney, as we explore signature American literary genres, such as autobiography, captivity or frontier narrative, slave autobiography and the Gothic.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2020 (Tuesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:45pm 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 464

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/7/2020