American Literary Traditions

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Course No: ENGL.2820-031; SIS Class Nbr: 8298

Course Description

A survey of American Literary history from early contact between Native American populations and European colonists through contemporary American writing.

Prerequisites, Notes & Instructor

  • Prerequisites: ENGL.1020, or English Majors
  • Special Notes: LT
  • Section Notes: P: ENGL.1020, or English Majors; By definition, a literature "survey course" such as this one is meant to be inclusive - a daunting task considering the number of books published in the United States since the seventeenth century. This class is designed to be as inclusive as possible, and it will demand that students read a large number of texts. As such, it will seek to encourage students to see and form connections, as well as question connections others have claimed as "obvious." In short, though it will be primarily a reading course, it will require a great deal of thought, and each student needs to think of himself or herself as an intellectual. The course will undertake to define the major periods or styles or literary movements often used to describe American writing from the 17th century to the Present: Colonial Literature, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. These broad headings will be challenged and redefined as we consider not just the canonical texts that generally define these terms but also texts by ethnic minorities, women, and others writers sometimes considered as less or even non-literary than those authors who are firmly embedded in the American literary canon.
  • Credits: 3;
  • Instructor: Keith Mitchell
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When Offered & Tuition

  • Online Course
  • Spring 2017: Jan 17 to Apr 29
  • Chat Hours: Thu 6-7pm*
  • Course Level: Undergraduate
  • Tuition: $1125
  • Note: There is a $30 per semester, nonrefundable registration fee for credit courses.

*Chat Hours provide an opportunity for the instructor and students to communicate in "real time". It is an informative and interactive session where course related questions, answers, and discussions take place. While student attendance during chat hours is not required, it is highly recommended. Weekly chat sessions are archived for students who are not able to participate in the live chat sessions at the scheduled times.

Related Programs: B.A. in English

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