Selected texts from end of Civil War to the present. 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
We'll be reading and studying fiction, poetry, drama and graphic memoir by great authors from late 19th C through contemporary work. We'll sample a range of styles in fiction, from Naturalism to the Post-Modern novel. For drama, we'll consider experimental theater and watch some performances. For poetry, we'll watch style explode in the modern period and continue to evolve in both closed forms and free verse. The literary historical gaze will be a particular focal point (especially in the novels we'll read: Vonnegut's Mother Night and Morrison's Beloved), and we'll devote lots of attentions to short stories throughout.
Lots of reading, discussion and drafted writing assignments. Students will need to come to each class ready to discuss the literature. There will be short, low-stakes writing assignments throughout and two longer, drafted essays (one at the midpoint and one at the end of class).
Preparedness, participation, completion of short writing assignments and two drafted essays (5-7 pages).
Lafayette Hall L102 (View Campus Map)
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