ENGL313 - American Literature
Syllabus:
Section(s):
0201 - TBA

This discussion-based course offers an overview of American literature from the seventeenth-century to the present. We will consider texts across a range of historical periods and literary genres (including poetry, the slave narrative, essay, autobiography, and the novel). Along the way, we will consider the way American writers interact with the American landscape--what William Carlos Williams might call the American "ground"--to construct new ideas of American identity. We will examine the tradition of American literature through such terms such as nation, citizenship, race, gender, and self. In particular, we will look at the way these authors used writing itself as a medium through which to create new forms of identity and construct values we have come to accept as distinctly "American." One shorter paper (3-5 pages); one longer paper (5-7 pages); a mid-term and final exam.

Prerequisites: 

Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.