English 48B = American Literature in the Gilded Age, 1865-1914. I intend to use the class to contemplate the birth of various philosophical and political ideas that shaped the country during the 20th century, including environmentalism, pragmatism, feminism, civil rights, and American militarism. We'll also travel with Frank Norris into the life of the American underclass—which looks increasingly like the American middle class.
In no particular order:
McTeague: A Story of San Francisco, by Frank Norris.
My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir.
The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane.
Roughing It, by Mark Twain.
The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. Du Bois
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
Final Harvest: Poems, by Emily Dickinson.