21L.702 Studies in Fiction: Rethinking the American Masterpiece

As taught in: Fall 2007

Photo of Mark Twain seated with a book in one hand.

Mark Twain (1835-1910), author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). (Photo dated 1907. Courtesy of University of Virginia, Mark Twain in His Times.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Dr. Wyn Kelley

Course Description

What has been said of Moby-Dick—that it's the greatest novel no one ever reads—could just as well be said of any number of American "classics" like The Scarlet Letter, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This course reconsiders a small number of nineteenth-century American novels by presenting each in a surprising context.