Contemporary Wide World Commentary (April 5)

  • from Anna Warner's Susan Warner (1909)

  • Literary World (28 December 1850)

  • [Caroline Kirkland,] North American Review (January 1853)



  • Contemporary Mohicans Reviews (March 24)

    Hand out from Fenimore Cooper: The Critical Heritage
    Ed. George Dekker & John P. McWilliams (Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973)
  • New-York Review and Atheneum (March 1826)

  • United States Literary Gazette (May 1826)

  • W. H. Gardiner, North American Review (July 1826)

  • Francis Parkman (excerpt), North American Reivew (Jan. 1852)


  • Charlotte Temple & the Canon (March 10)

  • Four Critics, 1828-1921

  • Leslie Fiedler, from Love and Death (1966; handout)

  • Cathy Davidson, "Introduction" to Charlotte Temple (1986; our class text)


  • Moby-Dick & the Canon (March 1)

    From Norton Critical Edition

  • Melville, "Hawthorne & His Mosses" (begins p. 535)

  • excerpted "Criticism" by Anonymous (p. 622), Trent (p. 624), Long (p. 625), Van Doren (p. 626), Weaver (p. 626), Mumford (p. 631), DeVoto (p. 633), Lewisohn (p. 634)

  • From Moby-Dick as Doubloon (handout)

  • xeroxed essays & excerpts


  • Uncle Tom & the Canon (Feb. 22)

    TO GET BACK TO THIS LIST FROM UTC SITE, CLICK ON "SECONDARY READINGS"

    Essays in Website

  • Charles Dudley Warner, "The Story of UTC"
  • William Lyon Phelps, "UTC"
  • Xeroxed Essays, in reading order

  • "The Novel That Precipitated a War," by Fred Lewis Pattee
          from The Feminine Fifties (1940)

  • "Everybody's Protest Novel," by James Baldwin
          The Partisan Review, June 1949

  • "[Stowe's Novel of Sentimental Protest]," by Leslie A. Fiedler
          from Love and Death in the American Novel (1960)

  • "Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History,"
          by Jane P. Tompkins Glyph 2, 1978

  • "Say It Ain't So Huck," by Jane Smiley
          from Harper's, January 1996


  • Uncle Tom as Cultural Phenomenon, 2

    TO GET BACK TO THIS LIST FROM UTC SITE, CLICK ON "SECONDARY READINGS"

    Links for Wednesday, Feb. 17

  • Illustrations
          [check out Kemble's 1893 illustrations]

  • "Mrs. Stowe's Tom at Home in Kentucky" (1887)

  • Townsend's "New Version" of Aiken's play
          [read Acts III and V]

  • Newton's Burlesque Uncle Tom

  • Tom Shows
          [check out at least half a dozen each of the broadsides and lithograph posters, and all the pamphlets]

  • Silent Movies
          [I'm hoping to have the whole 1910 film up by Tuesday morning, but in the meantime -- compare the way Eva dies in 1903 and 1910 ("Screening Room"); look at at least the whole of Reels C & D, 1910 version (as of now, the "slideshow" options aren't available for Reel D), and check out the stills from the 1927 production]

  • The 3 Duncan Sisters Songs at the end of the songs list


  • Uncle Tom as Cultural Phenomenon

    TO GET BACK TO THIS LIST FROM UTC SITE, CLICK ON "SECONDARY READINGS"

    Links for Monday, Feb. 15

  • Henry James Remembers UTC in the 1850s...

  • Some Early Editions
    [this is still under construction, but clicking on the first 4 texts -- left to right -- will show you the range of ways the novel was sold in 1865-1853]

  • Illustrations
    [check out the 6 first ed. ones, and sample the 1853 edition ones]

  • "The UT Epidemic"

  • Splendid Edition

  • UTC in Painting & Statuary

  • [& in song too!]

  • Songs
    [one you can hear, if you have speakers -- and sample the lyrics of at least 3-4 other songs from the 50s]

  • "Tomitudes"
    [these are the material artifacts, the examples of mid-century merchandizing. you can look at all of them without QuickTime, you just can't "rotate" the figurines without it. sample as many as you can -- invite some friends over to play one of the games -- imagine these items in your parlor, if you have a parlor]

  • Aiken's 1854 Dramatization
    [we'll look harder at UTC on stage for next class, when we'll deal with the "Tom" shows of the 1870-1920 era; but read at least Acts III and VI of this version of the story, and don't forget as you read that "Aiken's version of UTC" has, without question, been performed more times in the U.S. than any other play]

  • [and two last things -- these playbills of other dramatizations from 1854. The one at left has the white man who created "Jim Crow" in 1830 as Tom -- clicking on the image will take you to a BIG jpeg version, so be prepared to wait while it loads, but the big size means you can read all the words. The one at right is one of several burlesque versions of the story that appeared beginning in 1850s. Clicking on it will take you to enlargement of the bottom part, where "Uncle Tom" is described. To see these I'm sending you to a new window -- click it off to return to this lift.]
       

    Secondary Readings for Feb. 10



    Contemporary Reviews of Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The Liberator

  • The Literary World

  • Frederick Douglass' Paper

  • The Boston Post

  • The Southern Press



  • Contemporary Reviews of Moby-Dick
    FROM THE NORTON CRITICAL EDITION (pp. 613-19)

  • The Literary World

  • Harper's New Monthly Magazine

  • National Intelligencer

  • Southern Quarterly Review

  • HAND OUTS

  • Boston Post

  • (New York) Spirit of the Times

  • U.S. Democratic Review