American Self Images: Labor, Gender, and Race in Fiction and Painting from the Civil War to the Gilded Age

In this course, we will examine and discuss the work of U.S. authors and visual artists, from the Civil War through the Gilded Age. The central themes of these works explore issues of labor, gender and race.

Note: This course is dependent upon member participation; please only register if you are committed to reading the assignments. 

Required Reading: The Portable American Realism Reader (PAR), Nagel and Quirk, eds. NY: Penguin, 1997. ISBN 9780140268300; 

Life in the Iron Mills (1861). Rebecca Harding Davis. Independently published (June 10, 2020). ISBN 979-8653017285

Two required readings are available online for free:

Paul’s Case and Other Stories, Willa Cather. NY: Dover, 1996. ISBN 9780486290577

“Po' Sandy”,  Charles Wadell Chesnutt.

Registration deadline: Oct. 23


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