Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Ingrao, Peter
Discipline and Number
LIT 3326 Section 001
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
The Literature of the American South

Description of Course:

One of the titans of southern literature, William Faulkner, famously states in his Requiem for a Nun that the “past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This semester utilizes Faulkner’s quote as a jumping off point in examining the manner in which persistent and interrelated themes of race, religion, and social class have transformed and gained new facets even as the South has become an increasingly amorphous, commodified, and global space. With this in mind, we will begin by asking what defines the South and focusing specifically on the concept of the “Cavalier.” We will continue to compare works dealing with race, religion, and social class in an attempt to examine how such themes are important not only to past definitions of the South and what it might mean to be southern, but also to what they might come to mean in the future.

Required Texts:

Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an
American Slave & Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Flannery O'Connor, The Violent Bear it Away
Lee Smith, Saving Grace
Randall Kenan, A Visitation of Spirits
Alden Bell, The Reapers are the Angels

A selection of readings including Byrd, Raboteau, Burton, Wray, and Bolton and Culclasure, will be available through e-reserve. The course will also incorporate scenes from documentary film and the film adaptation of As I Lay Dying.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Research Essay
Midterm Exam
Lead class discussion

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