FALL 2014 COURSES:

ENGL 4125: Colonial and Early American Literature

 

ENGL 6110: Seminar in American Literature I

 

Dr. Patrick M. Erben

 

Associate Professor of English

 

Department of English and Philosophy,

 University of West Georgia

 

perben@westga.edu

Office: TLC 2239

Tel. 678-839-6144

 

Office Hours (Fall 2014):

MW 10AM-12PM, w 4-5PM

& BY APPOINTMENT

 

Scholarship and Research

A native of Germany, I attended Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and graduated with an M.A. in American Studies in 1997 and completed my Ph.D. at Emory University in 2003. During a two-year NEH fellowship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia, I researched and wrote my first monograph, A Harmony of the Spirits: Translation and the Language of Community in Early Pennsylvania (University of North Carolina Press, 2012). A Harmony of the Spirits demonstrates that translation served as a practical tool and as a spiritual ideal for discovering and establishing links between seemingly incoherent languages, religious doctrines, genders, and ethnicities. My teaching interests lie in the multilingual beginnings of early American literature, language, and culture (colonial to 1865).

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

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Winner of the 2013 Dale Brown Book Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

Monograph: A Harmony of the Spirits: Translation and the Language of Community in Early Pennsylvania (published by the University of North Carolina Press, for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, VA, 2012)

Edition: A Francis Daniel Pastorius Reader (a selective edition, under advance contract with Pennsylvania State University Press).

English 3000-English Education

Syllabus and Schedule, Spring 2014

Short Paper 1--Assignment Description

 

English 5/4140-01W: American Romanticism

"Radical Romanticisms"

spring 2014

Syllabus & Schedule--Spring 2014

Adjusted "Snow Schedule"--1-29-14

Slide Shows, Assignments, Discussion Questions

 

 

 

English 4384: Senior Seminar

"Savage Delight": Food and Eating in Literature and Popular Culture

Syllabus & Schedule

Adjusted "Snow Schedule"

Critical Questions

English 4385: Special Topics

The Un-virtuous Republic: Tropes of Transgression in the Early American Novel

Fall 2012

Syllabus and Schedule

Reading and Discussion Questions

Assignment Descriptions

Slide Shows and Presentations

 

English 3000: Research and Methodology

Fall 2012

Syllabus and Schedule (Revised 8-28-12)

Reading and Discussion Questions

Slide Shows and Lectures

Close Reading-Assignment Description

Historical-Biographical Analysis

Research Paper, Assignment Description (revised 10-29-12)

 

Engl 4125-01W: Colonial and Early American Literature


"Everything You Need to Know about Early American Literature in 4 Weeks!"

 

Syllabus and Schedule (updated 7-3-13)

Reading, Discussion, and Writing Questions

Slideshows, Lectures, and Useful Websites on Early America

Detailed Assignment Description: Short Analytical Paper I (One)

Detailed Assignment Description: Short Analytical Paper II (Two)

Detailed Assignment Description: Final Exam

Engl 2130-Fall 2010: American Literature

"What is an American?"

Syllabus

Slide Shows and Presentations

Reading and Discussion Questions

Short Analytical Paper

English 4109-01: Film as Literature

“Early America at the Movies”

FALL 2011

Syllabus and Course Schedule

Assignment Description--Scene Analysis (Short Paper)

Assignment Description--Final Paper

Slide Shows and Instructor Lectures

Useful Links and Websites

Viewing and Discussion Questions

 

English 2110-01: World Literature

“The World Traveler’s Guide to World Literature”

 

Syllabus and Schedule (updated 2-9-10)

 

Reading and Discussion Questions

 

Oral Presentation-Topics and Schedule

 

Oral Presentation-Assignment Description

 

Close Reading, Assignment Description (new deadline!)

 

Sample Paper 1  /  Sample Paper 2

 

Midterm--Sample Structure, Final Exam--Sample Structure

 

Slide Shows and Presentations

 

English 6110: Graduate Seminar in American Literature I

Beyond Babel: The Multilingual Literatures of Early America

Fall 2012

Syllabus and Schedule

Assignment Descriptions

Slide Shows and Presentations

Reading and Discussion Questions

ENGL 2130-25H: AMERICAN LITERATURE

FALL 2013

Red Riding Hood in the New World:  Fairytales in America—American Fairytales

Syllabus and Schedule (revised 8-26-13!)

Group Presentation--Detailed Assignment Description (revised 8-26-13!)

Group Presentation--Schedule and Group Assignments (updated August 2013)

Short Analytical Paper--Detailed Assignment Description

Reading and Discussion Questions

Slide Shows and Presentations

 

 

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ENGLISH 6110-01: AMERICAN LITERATURE I

FALL 2010

“Aching in the Archives: How Textual Scholarship Is Changing the Face of Early American Literature”

Syllabus and Schedule

Assignment Descriptions

Link to Engl 6110-Course Reserves

 

Engl 4125: Colonial and Early American Literature

"Early America in Narrative, Art, and Film"

Syllabus and Schedule, Spring 2012

Image Gallery (also: Slide Shows and Presentations)

Reading, Discussion, and Writing Questions

 

Assignment Descriptions

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The Virgin and Child before a Firescreen

 

Engl 4384: Senior Seminar

“Sacred Sex: Religion and Eroticism in Literature and Culture”

Syllabus and Schedule--Spring 2012

Art Gallery

Reading and Discussion Questions

Oral Presentation Description

Final Project Description

 

Engl 4188: Individual Authors

"The Many Faces of Benjamin Franklin"

Syllabus and (Snow) Schedule-Spring 2011-revised 1-18-11

Assignments

Course Reserves

Reading and Discussion Questions

 Anne Bradstreet, Stained glass window, St. Botolph's Church, Boston, Lincolnshire, England 

 Emily Dickinson, daguerreotype by Josiah Gilbert Holland, circa 1848.

 

ENGLISH 4125-SPRING 2008

COLONIAL AND EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE:

Early American Poetry and Poetics: From Bradstreet to Dickinson and Beyond

Syllabus

Additional Readings

Reading and Discussion Questions

Oral Presentation Topics

Lectures and Oral Presentations

 

ENGLISH 2300-SPRING 2008

PRACTICAL CRITICISM: RESEARCH AND METHODOLOGY

Syllabus

Student Questionnaire

Assignments in Detail

MLA Practice Test

 

 

 

“O brave new world,

That has such people in it!”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

 “Heathens! Savages! Ay, cannibals!”

--Herman Melville, Typee

 

Johann Valentin Haidt, Zinzendorf als Lehrer (ca. 1747)

English 6110 (Fall 07): Seminar in American Literature I

Pilgrims, Prophets, and Reformers: The Utopian Impulse

in Early American Literature and Culture

Syllabus (updated 10-22-07)

Slide Shows and Lectures

Reading and Discussion Questions

NEW: Research Guide and Database List

Final Projects

English 4106: Studies in Genre

Non-Fiction Prose

Syllabus and Schedule (12-20-11)

Revised Schedule

Group Presentation--Description and Schedule/Group Members

Short Analytical Paper--Assignment Description

Final (Research) Paper Description

Reading and Discussion Questions

Slideshows and Presentations

 

 

Past Semesters

English 4140: American Romanticism

English 1102: Composition II

English/History 3300: American Culture

English 4385: Early American Novel

English 2130-H27: American Literature (Survey)

English 4125: Colonial and Early American Literature

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