American Literature: Beginnings to 1865
This course is designed to familiarize students with the rich variety of literature produced in America–from pre-Colonial literature through the writings of the U.S. Civil War. 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 relationship between the establishment of the United States (people, ideologies, socialization, religion, expansion, culture, race, politics, etc.) and evolving literature of the times.
*Formerly American Literature I