E f338 • American Literature from 1865 to the Present
2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Literary historians have traditionally divided the roughly one-hundred-fifty years covered by this course into five rubrics: Realism and Naturalism in the latter half of the 19th century; Psychologism and Modernism in the first half of the 20th century; and Post-Modernism in the period since World War II. While we will spend a modest amount of time discussing the assigned readings for the purpose of making literary historical generalizations, our major interest will be the conflicting and competing cultural visions represented by the highlighted authors.
You will be allowed three unexcused absences during the semester. Additional absences may result in a lowering of your course grade. Your grade will be based on two take-home, essay examinations.
Exam #1 40%
Exam #2 60%
Anthology of American Literature, vol 2, Realism to the Present (8th ed), George McMichael, ed