ENGH 202: Texts and Contexts

ENGH 202-DL7: Virginia Stories: Settlement to Nat Turner
(Fall 2020)

Online

Section Information for Fall 2020

Since Europeans first landed in what is now Virginia, both residents and visitors have told stories about the state and its inhabitants that reflect their sense of what Virginia is and should be. In this class, we’ll read and discuss texts by and about three key groups who helped shape the history of Virginia between the beginning of European colonization and the early 1830s: the people who interacted at Jamestown (Native Americans, including Pocahontas and her family, European settlers, and kidnapped Africans); Thomas Jefferson and members of his family, free and enslaved; and Nat Turner and other enslaved people who sought to free themselves by insurrection.  We’ll begin by reading primary texts written at the time these figures lived, then examine how their stories have been told and retold through the present day. 

 

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies literary texts within the framework of culture. Examines texts within such categories as history, gender, sexuality, religion, race, class, and nation. Notes: Builds on reading and writing skills taught in ENGH 101. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Literature
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100-level English.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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