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
This course examines American literature from the Civil War to the present, as well as introducing key terms and concepts for literary studies and helping students develop their writing of literary essays. We will read novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, memoirs, and graphic narratives representing a diverse range of American experiences. This course is discussion-based, but it will include mini-lectures on subjects such as American literary history, genres and movements, and the changing literary canon. Authors include Whitman, Hurston, Cather, London, James, Wharton, Chesnutt, Eliot, Hughes, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Baldwin, Kingston, Morrison, Anzaldúa, and Spiegelman. I will videorecord the in-person class meetings and make them available to the asynchronous online students, who can participate in discussion on the Blackboard discussion board shared with the in-person students.
Two essays (5-7 pages each), 20 short responses, and active participation in class discussions via posts on Blackboard.
25% = Essay 1 25% = Essay 2 25% = Responses 25% = Participation
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