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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2007

E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: American

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35333 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
UTC 4.120

Course Description

In this course, we will look at American literature through four different thematic and issue-based lenses: Ways of Looking at Nature, American Gothic Writings, Tradition(s): Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and Current Writings from the Margin. These lenses will help you to scrutinize themes and issues that are still central to American literary and cultural production, so if you never take another American Literature class at UT, at the very least you will walk away from this course with a handful of lenses through which you can read our current cultural climate. You should also gain a general knowledge of major American texts and authors, an awareness of literary form, appreciation for linguistic precision, improved critical reading skills, and a deeper enjoyment of reading literature.

Grading Policy

Class Participation/Quizzes: 10% Four (2 page) Reading Anatomies: 20% Midterm Exam: 35% Final Exam: 35%


Required: Nina Baym, ed., Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Seventh Edition Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time Toni Morrison, Sula Photocopied readings provided by instructor.


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