21L.705 / SP.512 / WGS.512 Major Authors: After the Masterpiece: Novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and Morrison

As taught in: Fall 2006

A portrait of Herman Melville.

Photograph of an etching of Herman Melville after a portrait by Joseph O. Eaton. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number: LC-USZ62-135949 (b&w film copy neg.)])




Dr. Wyn Kelley

Course Description

This seminar provides intensive study of exciting texts by four influential American authors. In studying paired works, we can enrich our sense of each author's distinctive methods, get a deeper sense of the development of their careers, and shake up our preconceptions about what makes an author or a work "great." Students will get an opportunity to research an author in depth, as well as making broader comparisons across the syllabus.