E 316K • Masterworks of Lit: American
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
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.
Quizzes, 25%; Mid-Term Exam, 20%; Essay, 20%; Final Exam, 25%; Class Participation, 10%
Stephen Crane, Maggie, A Girl of the Street, and Other New York Writings; Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman; Van Jordan, M-a-c-n-o-l-i-a; Cormac McCarthy, The Road; Packet of short stories and poems