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Wednesday, 1/17 -- beginnings

Friday, 1/19 -- read Charlotte Temple (Chapters 1 - 17)

Monday, 1/24 -- finish Charlotte Temple

       FIRST WRITING ASSIGNMENT
             Untitled, by Stephanie Osborn    |   "Kissing Kathleen," by James T.

Wednesday, 1/26 -- Charlotte Temple

Friday, 1/28 -- NO CLASS

Monday, 1/31 -- read Wieland (Chapters 1 - 7)

       SECOND WRITING ASSIGNMENT
             Untitled, by Kate Porter

Wednesday, 2/2 -- read Wieland (Chapters 8 - 20)

Friday, 2/4 -- finish Wieland

Monday, 2/7 -- read The Pioneers (Chapters 1 - 15)

Wednesday, 2/9 -- read The Pioneers (Chapters 16 - 24)

Friday, 2/11 -- read The Pioneers (Chapters 25 - 34)

       THIRD WRITING ASSIGNMENT
             Untitled, by Christine Countryman    |   Untitled, by Chris Yeung
                   Untitled, by Giza High    |   Untitled, by Lauren Webb

Monday, 2/14 -- finish The Pioneers

Wednesday, 2/16 -- read Hope Leslie (Vol I i.e. Chaps 1-12)

Friday, 2/18 -- read Hope Leslie (Vol II, Chaps 1-8)

Monday, 2/21 -- finish Hope Leslie

Wednesday, 2/23 -- Hope Leslie
       FIRST FORMAL ESSAY
                KATE PORTER'S ESSAY   |   JUSTIN MUTTER'S ESSAY

Friday, 2/25 -- read Uncle Tom's Cabin (Chapters 1 - 13)

Monday, 2/28 -- read Uncle Tom's Cabin (Chapters 14 - 22)

Wednesday, 3/1 -- read Uncle Tom's Cabin (Chapters 23 - 31)

Friday, 3/3 -- finish Uncle Tom's Cabin

Monday, 3/6 -- Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture

         REVISION WRITING ASSIGNMENT
THIS WEEK WE'LL MEET IN CLEMONS 313
Our "texts" this week will include songs, illustrations, "Tomitudes," movie clips, and other indices of Americans' responses to Stowe's novel, in its time and up through the early 20th century. All these "texts" are available in the multi-media electronic archive I'm building called UNCLE TOM'S CABIN & AMERICAN CULTURE, and you'll be "reading" them through the web. Please feel free to check out the whole site, but the specific texts I want you to read|look at|listen are listed as links right here. For the first of these three classes you'll be reading newspaper and magazine reviews and stories from 1852 to 1857:
  • [Liberator Review]

  • "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (The National Era)

  • "'Colored' Views" (Literary World)

  • "[Allen's Letter on UTC]" (Frederick Douglass' Paper)

  • "[Southern Press Review]"

  • "[Ethiop on UTC" (Frederick Douglass' Paper)

  • [Two Notices] (The Liberator)

  • "Henry Wright's Letter" (The Liberator)

  • [Reply to Wright's Letter] (The Liberator)

  • [D.H.W's Letter] (National Anti-Slavery Standard)

  • "Anti-Slavery in the Theatre" (New York Herald)

  • ["the rustling of petticoats]" (Lincoln Democrat)

  • "Uncle Tom Literature" (New York Independent)

  • "[Uncle Tom in Songs &c.]" (New York Tribune)

  • "Uncle Tom in Painting & Statuary" (The Liberator)

  • "Black Letters" (Graham's Magazine)

  • "[Stowe has unsexed herself" (New Orleans Picayune)

  • "[Martin Delany on UTC]" (Frederick Douglass' Paper)

  • "[Fanny Fern on Mrs. Stowe]" (Boston Olive Branch)

  • "[Slaves Reading Uncle Tom's Cabin" (Provincial Freeman)

  • "George Harris" (Provincial Freeman)

  • "[Man Imprisoned for Owning UTC]" (Cambridge Democrat)


  • Wednesday, 3/8 -- UTC & AMERICAN CULTURE (continued)
    Stowe's novel was something Americans saw and heard as well as read. For this class you'll be looking at and listening to some examples of that, still from the 1850s. These links will open up a new browser window that you'll have to close to come back to this list:
  • Illustrated Editions
    Check out the six illustrations by Billings for the First Edition, and at least six of the illustrations he drew for the 1853 Illustrated Edition, especially "Freedom to Africa" at the end of the set

  • UTC as Children's Book
    Check out at least the first of the children's books linked to this home page -- Pictures and Stories from Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Tomitudes, or Merchandizing in the 19th Century
    Check out at least 5 of the figurines linked under "3D Tomitudes," and at least a couple more of the items listed down the page -- the plates or the games, etc.

  • The UTC Soundtrack
    Play the first five of the playable songs listed on this page.


  • Friday, 3/10 --      MIDTERM ASSIGNMENT

                UTC & AMERICAN CULTURE "concluded"
    Stowe's novel was also something Americans saw enacted. From 1853 to the early 20th century, in fact, it was unquestionably the single most frequently produced stage show. The links below will give you an idea of how the story made the transition, first to the stage, then to movies. One question I want you to keep in mind as you look at this material is: what do these later transformations help us appreciate about the novel itself? As before, these links open up a new browser window that you'll have to close to come back to this list:
  • UTC & SLAVERY
    This first item is an interactive exhibit I designed for the UTC site; it will give you one overview of the story of Stowe's story between the 1840s and the early 20th century.
  • AIKEN'S LAST SCENE
    Act 6, Scene 6 of the Aiken dramatization of UTC, first performed in 1853 and the basis for most "Tom Shows" through the 1920s.
  • ADVERTISING PLAYBILLS
    Check out at least 4 of these from the "Before Emancipation" list, and at least 4 from the "After Emancipation" list.
  • TOM SHOW POSTERS
    Check out at least half a dozen of these lithograph posters, probably from around 1900 to 1910.
  • UTC AT THE MOVIES
    This link takes you to the homepage for all the material we have so far on the various film versions of Stowe's story. The one link off this page you're required to use is the SCREENING ROOM, and when you get there I want you to compare the various ways Eva's and Tom's deaths were depicted on film in 1903, 1910 and 1914. There's lots more to see here, though, if you're interested: UTC was almost as important to the history of film in America as it was to the history of drama.


  • SPRING BREAK

    Monday, 3/20 -- read The Scarlet Letter (Chapters 1 - 8)
                    GOOD QUESTIONS!

    Wednesday, 3/22 -- read The Scarlet Letter (Chapters 9 - 20)

    Friday, 3/24 -- finish The Scarlet Letter

           FOURTH WRITING ASSIGNMENT

    Monday, 3/27 -- The Scarlet Letter

    Wednesday, 3/29 -- read The American (Chapters 1 - 12)

    Friday, 3/31 -- read The American (Chapters 13 - 20)

    Monday, 4/3 -- finish The American

    Wednesday, 4/5 -- The American

           SECOND FORMAL ESSAY
                    MAGGIE GUGGENHEIMER'S ESSAY

    Friday, 4/7 -- read Connecticut Yankee (Chapters 1 - 23)

    Monday, 4/10 -- Connecticut Yankee (Chapters 24 - 38)

    Wednesday, 4/12 -- finish Connecticut Yankee

    Friday, 4/14 -- Connecticut Yankee

    Monday, 4/17 -- read The Awakening (Chapters 1 - 28)

    Wednesday, 4/19 -- finish The Awakening

    Friday, 4/21 -- The Awakening

    Monday, 4/24 -- read The Conjure Woman (First 4 Stories)

    Wednesday, 4/26 -- finish The Conjure Woman

    Friday, 4/28 -- The Conjure Woman

           THIRD FORMAL ESSAY

    Monday, 5/1 -- last class

    Thursday, 5/11 -- 9-12 a.m., FINAL EXAM