Fall course: American Realism

Registration for the Fall 2020 semester is now closed.


Due to COVID-19, this fall course will now be taught remotely.

Looking for a class to take this coming fall? Here’s a sneak peek at the American Realism (AML 4233-U01) course.

What’s so controversial about writing about the everyday world around you? That’s a question American authors had to answer in the late 1800s, when they began telling supposedly “vulgar” and “dangerous” stories about workers who struggled to escape poverty and women who rejected marriage to retain their independence. Yet Henry James, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton and other authors created beautiful, moving fiction about these “ugly” realities. This course examines the innovations and legacy of literary realism, including the opportunities it gave black, immigrant and gay and lesbian authors to write about their worlds for the first time.

Nathaniel Cadle

Professor Nathaniel Cadle will teach this course remotely on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:15 p.m. Cadle specializes in teaching and writing about American literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Fulfills: Early Literature or Elective

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