As an introduction to literature, this course will be taught as a survey course.
As such, we will start at the beginning of American literature with the colonial times,
including the works of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet. Then we will move through
to the mid-nineteenth century with works from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Our study
will include analysis of how American literature has developed and its place in American history.
Prerequisite ENG 100
- Understand the history and cultural progress of America through literature, conveying the experiences and perceptions of American authors.
- Contextualize and analyze the evolution of literature reflecting on American literary periods, and learn how American literature earned its niche in the country’s rich history.
- Students will also: Identify the masterpieces of American literature in the periods of Colonial, Neoclassical, and Romantic Literature.
- Compare and contrast specific historical periods and significant events in the development of American Literature. Identify the characteristics of Colonial, Neoclassical and Romantic American literature. Differentiate between the individual genres of literature typical of the periods.
- Differentiate the contributions made by specified writers of the various periods.