Special Course Descriptions

ENG 494 11 The Gilded Age and American Realism
Professor Knight
This course examines key prose fiction from the Gilded Age of American culture (roughly 1878 . 1901). Careful attention will be given to the intersection of ethnicity, gender, class and environment in the work of Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, Frances E.W. Harper, Charles Chesnutt, and others. By the end of this course, students should be able to: . Identify and critique the various treatments of "Big Business" and industrialization in literature of the period . Discuss the development of regional literature . Assess how urbanization affected the literary imagination of various authors . Identify and analyze multiple manifestations of social inequality in literature of the period.