American Literary Traditions

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Course No: ENGL.2820-031; SIS Class Nbr: 13817; SIS Term: 2810
Course Status: Open

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: 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 17th 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." To help us get started in the process of connecting, the course will undertake the definition of the major periods, 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 sometimes considered as less or even nonliterary. By the end of the term, students should not only have a grasp of these terms but also be able to question their validity.;
  • Credits: 3;
  • Instructor: Keith Mitchell
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When Offered & Tuition

  • Online Course
  • Fall 2018: Sep 05 to Dec 09
  • Course Level: Undergraduate
  • Tuition: $1140
  • Note: There is a $30 per semester, nonrefundable registration fee for credit courses.

Related Programs: B.A. in English

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