rev. 2018-05-21
William Bradford Anne Bradstreet Mary Rowlandson Benjamin Franklin Washington Irving James Fenimore Cooper Ralph Waldo Emerson Henry David Thoreau
Nathaniel Hawthorne Herman Melville Edgar Allan Poe Walt Whitman Emily Dickinson Mark Twain Kate Chopin


Asignatura obligatoria de 6 créditos en segundo del Grado en Estudios Ingleses.

Guía docente.

Horario de clases.

Calendario de clases.

Calendario de exámenes.

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Pedro Domínguez Caballero de Rodas
Edificio departamental de Filología, B1-20
tel. (34) 922 31 65 02-6612
Horario de tutorías.

Matilde Martín González
Edificio departamental de Filología, B1-19
o B0-06 (Secretaría del Decanato en Filología)
tel. (34) 922 31 76 08
Horario de tutorías.

Dpto. de Filología Inglesa y Alemana.
Facultad de Humanidades (Filología).
Universidad de La Laguna (España).


  1. Puritan writings and life: William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet.
  2. Literary culture in the colonies: Mary Rowlandson's Indian captivity narrative.
  3. Revolution and the Republic: Benjamin Franklin and Philip Freneau.
  4. Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper.
  5. Transcendentalism: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
  6. Nathaniel Hawthorne.
  7. Herman Melville.
  8. Edgar Allan Poe.
  9. Walt Whitman.
  10. Emily Dickinson.
  11. Mark Twain.
  12. Kate Chopin.

Week 1

Tues., 30 Jan. PROLOGUE

Wed., 31 Jan. TOPIC 1: Puritan writings and life

Embarkation of the Pilgrims

Thurs., 1 Feb. SEMINAR 0: How to read literary texts

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley: Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773).
Kate Chopin: A Pair of Silk Stockings (1897).

Week 2

Tues., 6 Feb. SEMINAR 0: How to read literary texts (cont.)

Edward Hirsch: How to Read a Poem (2007) (PDF).
Five elements of fiction.

Wed., 7 Feb. TOPIC 2: Literary culture in the colonies

Thurs., 8 Feb. SEMINAR 1a: William Bradford (1590-1657)

William Bradford

Preliminary questions.
Of Plymouth Plantation (1630-1651).

Week 3

Tues., 13 Feb. Shrove Tuesday

Carnaval 2018

Wed., 14 Feb. Ash Wednesday

Carnaval 2018

Thurs., 15 Feb. REVIEW

Week 4

Tues., 20 Feb. SEMINAR 1b: Anne Bradstreet (c. 1612-1672)

Anne Bradstreet

Preliminary questions.
Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning (1678).

Wed., 21 Feb. TOPIC 3: Revolution and the Republic

Thurs., 22 Feb. SEMINAR 1b: Anne Bradstreet (cont.)

Anne Bradstreet

Week 5

Tues., 27 Feb. SEMINAR 2: Mary Rowlandson (c. 1637-1711)

Mary Rowlandson

Preliminary questions.
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682).

Wed., 28 Feb. TOPIC 4: Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper

Classes canceled today due to adverse weather conditions.

Thurs., 1 Mar. SEMINAR 3: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) and Philip Freneau (1752-1832)

Benjamin Franklin

Preliminary questions.
Autobiography (1771-1790).
Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America (1784).

Week 6

Tues., 6 Mar. SEMINAR 3: Benjamin Franklin and Philip Freneau (cont.)

Philip Freneau

A Warning to America (1792).

Wed., 7 Mar. TOPIC 5: Transcendentalism

Asher Durand: Kindred Spirits (1849)

Thurs., 8 Mar. SEMINAR 4a: Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Washington Irving

Preliminary questions.
The Alhambra (1832).

Week 7

Tues., 13 Mar. SEMINAR 4b: James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

James Fenimore Cooper

Preliminary questions.
The Last of the Mohicans (1826).

Wed., 14 Mar. TOPIC 5: Transcendentalism (cont.)

Thurs., 15 Mar. SEMINAR 5a: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Preliminary questions.
Nature (1836).
An introduction to Quakers ► 8:44 (2007 video).

Week 8

Tues., 20 Mar. SEMINAR 5b: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Henry David Thoreau

Preliminary questions.
Walden (1854).

Wed., 21 Mar. TOPIC 6: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thurs., 22 Mar. SEMINAR 6: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Preliminary questions.
The Minister's Black Veil (1836).

Holy Week (26 Mar. – 1 Apr.)

Wed., 28 Mar. Holy Wednesday

Peter Paul Rubens; Anthony van Dyck: Feast in the House of Simon the Pharisee (1618-1620)

Thurs., 29 Mar. Maundy Thursday

Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper (1498)

Fri., 30 Mar. Good Friday

Meister des Rabula-Evangeliums

Week 9

Tues., 3 Apr. SEMINAR 6: Nathaniel Hawthorne (cont.)

Elenore Abbott: An illustration for the story The Minister's Black Veil

Wed., 4 Apr. TOPIC 7: Herman Melville

Thurs., 5 Apr. SEMINAR 7: Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Herman Melville

Preliminary questions.
Moby-Dick (1851).

Week 10

Tues., 10 Apr. SEMINAR 7: Herman Melville (cont.)

Moby Dick

Wed., 11 Apr. TOPIC 8: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Thurs., 12 Apr. SEMINAR 8: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

The Masque of the Red Death

Preliminary questions.
The Masque of the Red Death (1842).

Week 11

Tues., 17 Apr. SEMINAR 8: Edgar Allan Poe (cont.)

The Raven

The Raven (1845).
The Philosophy of Composition (1846).

Wed., 18 Apr. TOPIC 9: Walt Whitman

Thurs., 19 Apr. SEMINAR 9: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Walt Whitman

Preliminary questions.
Song of Myself (1881 version).
WhitmanWeb (The University of Iowa).

Week 12

Tues., 24 Apr. SEMINAR 9: Walt Whitman (cont.)

Walt Whitman

Wed., 25 Apr. TOPIC 10: Emily Dickinson

Thurs., 26 Apr. SEMINAR 10: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Emily Dickinson

Preliminary questions.
Dickinson Electronic Archives.
Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (manuscript).

Week 13

Tues., 1 May May Day

Women workers in the May Day Parade in New York City in 1936

Wed., 2 May. TOPIC 11: Mark Twain

Thurs., 3 May. SEMINAR 10: Emily Dickinson (cont.)

Emily Dickinson 1859 daguerreotype

Week 14

Tues., 8 May SEMINAR 11: Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens, 1835-1910)

Mark Twain

Preliminary questions.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).

Wed., 9 May TOPIC 12: Kate Chopin

Thurs., 10 May SEMINAR 11: Mark Twain (cont.)

Huckleberry Finn

Week 15

Tues., 15 May SEMINAR 12: Kate Chopin (1850-1904)

Kate Chopin

Preliminary questions.
Désirée's Baby (1893).


Thurs., 17 May

Online reference sources


Using Wikipedia for academic research ► 3:36 (2011 video).

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