American Literature: 1865 to Present
This course is designed to familiarize students with the rich variety of literature produced in the United States from just after the U.S. Civil War through the present. Students will be exposed to a range of writers and traditions that constitute the diverse and multicultural American experience. Through discussion / critical thinking and writing about significant literary works, students will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of American literature: poetry, plays, fiction and nonfiction. A particular emphasis will be placed on the evolution of literature in the midst of the last 150 years: the centralization and expansion of the late 19th century and early 20th century, the diversity and experimentation of the Modern period and the time between the World Wars and the continually shifting contemporary landscape from WWII to the present.
*Formerly American Literature II