E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: American
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
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.
Class Participation/Quizzes: 10%
Four (2 page) Reading Anatomies: 20%
Midterm Exam: 35%
Final Exam: 35%
Nina Baym, ed., Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Seventh Edition
Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time
Toni Morrison, Sula
Photocopied readings provided by instructor.