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Fall 2018-2019
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Wilderness Tales

Diana J. Fuss

The wilderness tale is one of North America's most enduring literary genres. Stories of misfortune, hardship, and heroism in the continent's untamed landscapes have long entertained readers with both the romance and the realism of human encounters with the wild. This diverse literary tradition encompasses survival sagas, adventure tales, exploration thrillers, pioneer stories, escape fantasies, and animal yarns. What exactly is wilderness, and how have American and Canadian fiction writers shaped our thinking about the wild?

Sample reading list:
Nathaniel Hawthorne,
Henry David Thoreau,
Harriet Prescott Spofford,
Willa Cather,
Alice Monro,
Stephen King,
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two papers; one oral presentation; average of 100-125 pages of reading a week.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 35%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
Focusing mainly on fiction (with a few forays into non-fiction and film), we will move from early tales of mystery and suspense (Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne), through classic tales of danger and survival (Jack London, Charles G. D. Roberts), to modern tales of solitude and retreat (Ernest Hemingway, Wallace Stegner). We will also address contemporary wilderness tales by some of today's best fiction writers (Annie Proulx, Rick Bass). Distribution: American Foundation

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23471 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed