ENGL313 - American Literature

American literature—what counts as “American” and what does it mean to read “American literature”? This detailed study of selected texts of American literature from the 17th century to the 21st century includes writers such as Bradstreet, Jefferson, Franklin, Wheatley, Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson, Whitman, H.D., Hemingway, Faulkner, Morrison, Ginsberg, Rich, Hemphill, and our current poet laureate Kay Ryan. Our discussions will reflect on ways in which issues such as race, gender, sexuality, class and regionalism inflect writing and reading and why thinking about reading in ways that take these diversities into account matters. Two papers, regular discussion board engagement, and two exams.


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