About ENGS 023 OL1

Selected texts from the beginnings to the Civil War. Explores periodization, genre, key terms and concepts through close reading and critical analysis. Fulfills major requirements; open to non-majors.


Open to Degree and CDE students; Cross listed with ENGS 023 ZOL; Total combined enrollment = 40

Section Description

This Intro to literary analysis focuses on works written across various genres, with a special emphasis on the influence of Puritan culture and the rise of post-revolutionary "American Literature." We’ll be focusing on just over a dozen influential writers from the Puritan era through the Civil War era, including John Winthrop, Anne Bradstreet, Ben Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, Samson Occom, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman. Our Blackboard site is the source of our course content, “lecture” material and readings. There are no prerequisites for this class.

Section Expectation

--Students are expected to read, participate in discussions in person and/or online, submit weekly written homework, take regular quizzes and draft a midterm and final essay on assigned topics relating to the readings (midterm: minimum 1500 words or about five pages; and final: a drafted, web-based project minimum 2100 words or about seven pages).


Grading will be based on the following percentages: --Timeliness (submitting work on time): 10% --Weekly Written Homework: 20% --Quizzes: 25% --Midterm: 20% --Final Project: 25%

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