Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Ingrao, Peter
Discipline and Number
LIT 3326 Section 001
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
The Literature of the American South

Description of Course:

In My Tears Spoiled My Aim, John Shelton Reed cites Hamilton Horton's "Hell, yes!" definition of the South. When asked if you are a southerner or if you are in the South, the previous response gives clear and enthusiastic evidence of identification with a region and a literature that are both nevertheless slippery to define. Beginning with encounters with modernity and looking progressively forward at the South globally, is the South a place, a behavior, or a certain attitude and loyalty? Instead of presuming to pin down a singular definition of the South, this class will consider a variety of perspectives. In many cases, characters in works we will discuss wrestle with these same perspectives in pursuit of self-definition.

Required Texts:

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Randall Kenan, A Visitation of Spirits
Lee Smith, Saving Grace
Barry Hannah, Ray
Alden Bell, The Reapers are the Angels

A selection of short readings by such authors as Mencken, Ransom, O'Connor, McCarthy, and others will be available through e-reserve. The course will also incorporate music, documentary, and Duvall's The Apostle.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Research essay
Midterm exam
Lead class discussion of one of the following in the South: climate and economy, food, music, religion, politics, and so on

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