This course explores American Literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present, and focuses especially on the period of expansion to the contemporary literature. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character. The survey helps to fulfill the university aims of fostering competencies in writing, speaking, reading, and appreciation of the arts; contributing to a knowledge and understanding of American literature and cultures; and integrating theoretical and applied knowledge within the context of a cosmopolitan worldview.
Lectures, readings, paper assignments, and discussions are designed to help you develop the skills to: