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

Spring 2009

E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: American (33830-33875)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33830 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
fac 21

Course Description

Literature in History--
This course surveys nearly four hundred years of North American literature. Among the many writers we will consider are Anne Bradstreet, Benjamin Franklin, Handsome Lake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Jacobs, Henry James, Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Helen MarĂ­a Viramontes, and Li-Young Lee. We will concentrate on literary form, as well as on relating the diverse "voices" of American literature to one another and to the social and historical contexts appropriate to each.

Grading Policy

Quizzes and brief, informal writing assignments in which you respond to what you have read
Two midterm examinations
One final examination
Punctual attendance at all class meetings


Paul Lauter, ed., Heath Anthology of American Literature (Concise Edition)
Kate Chopin, The Awakening (Dover Thrift Edition)


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