This course looks at the US in a transnational context—that is, how it may be seen from abroad and how it may be seen in comparison with other places. The focus will be on 18th and 19th century writers, both foreigners writing from abroad (some of whom never visited the United States so they write what they imagine about our country) and those who visited here. The Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville in his Democracy in America will figure importantly in the course; Charles Dickens in his book, American Notes, with reference as well to his only novel with a large portion taking place in the US; Martin Chuzzlewit; Mark Twain in his hilarious travelogue, The Innocents Abroad; and Henry James in his novel taking place in Paris, The American.
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