E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: American
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Restricted to students in the Longhorn Scholars Program of Connexus.
This course will examine American literature from the Enlightenment era of 18th century America through the end of the 20th century. We will focus on a myriad of American voices of the late 19th and 20th centuries, noting, as we proceed, both continuities and innovations. We will seek to define, if possible, a genuine national literature that is strong, multicultural, and inclusive. There is a fair amount of reading to be done in this class, but the rewards in seeking to understand America past and present are immense.
Mid-Term Exam 20%
Final Exam 25%
Class Participation 10%
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, shorter 6th edition, Nina Baym, general editor
Stephen Crane, Maggie, A Girl of the Street, and Other New York Writings
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems
Packet of short stories and poems