Course Description

This course will examine important figures, theories, and works during the period of American realism and naturalism in the nineteenth century.  We’ll consider the emergence of realism and its formal variants in the broader context of cultural, economic, and technological change.  At the same time, we’ll also engage realism in dialogue with other aesthetic and technological developments in print media, visual art, telegraphy, photography, and early sound recording.  Course requirements include active participation, informal blog posts, one presentation, two short papers, and a final conference paper.

Required Texts:

  • All pdfs and readings posted to the course website.
  • Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience (Penguin Classics), 978-0140390919
  • Charles Chesnutt, Tales of Conjure and the Color Line (Dover Thrift), 978-0486404264
  • Kate Chopin, The Awakening and Other Stories (Oxford World’s Classics), 978-0199536948
  • Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories (Oxford World’s Classics), 978-0199552542
  • Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills (Bedford Cultural Editions), 978-0312133603
  • Henry Blake Fuller, The Cliff-Dwellers (Broadview), 978-1551116457
  • William Dean Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham (Penguin Classics), 978-0140390308
  • Henry James, Turn of the Screw and In the Cage (Modern Library), 978-0375757402
  • Mark Twain, The Great Short Works of Mark Twain (Perennial Classics), 978-0060727864
  • Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Norton Critical Editions), 978-0393926033


Course Information:

  • Course Number: ENG 670
  • Term: Fall 2015
  • Time: Monday 3:30 – 6:15 PM
  • Location: Liberal Arts Building 367


Professor Information:

  • Professor Craig Carey
  • Office: LAB 342
  • Office Phone: (601) 266-4072
  • Office Hours: MWF 11–12, and by appt.
  • Email:

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