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

Fall 2009

E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: American

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34565 to 34620 Multiple Sections

Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

Literature, Culture, and Identity-- This course is a historically arranged survey of American literature that includes voices and perspectives spanning the 17th through the 21st centuries. Novels by Hannah Foster, Luis Urrea, and Sherman Alexie, as well as a play by August Wilson, will serve as focal points for our discussions about culture and identity (for example, national, ethnic, or gendered) at different historical moments. Our goal will be to see these works as embedded in specific contexts that must be explored in order to understand, as much as possible, the particularized expressions of American identity offered in each.

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on four exams (20% each), and reading responses/quizzes, attendance, and participation (20%). Discussion sections are mandatory. In addition to the assigned reading responses, the TA in your discussion section has the option of giving short quizzes or writing assignments. More than one absence from your discussion section could adversely affect your final average.


Flight, Sherman Alexie; The Coquette, Hannah Webster Foster; Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. August Wilson; In Search of Snow, Luis Urrea. Course packet including additional authors such as Gertrude Bonnin, W.E.B. DuBois, Charles Alexander Eastman, William Faulkner, Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Flannery O’Connor, Mary Rowlandson, and Amy Tan.


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