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

Spring 2010

E 316K • Masterworks of Lit: American

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34265 to 34310 Multiple Sections
Berry

Course Description

Literature in History-- Because this course covers the broad range of American literature, nearly four centuries of writing, it will necessarily involve a rich variety of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. We will begin by examining the origins of American literature from its colonial beginnings in New England in the 17th century through the Enlightenment of the 18th century and the particular brand of Romanticism that marked the early 19th century. Then 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 be particularly interested in women and minority writers, and certain longer texts—by Crane, Plath, O'Brien, and McCarthy—will provide special opportunities to study the relationship between a particular work and the history and culture in which it is grounded. Throughout we will seek to define and elucidate a genuine national literature that is powerful, multicultural, and inclusive. There is a fair amount of reading to be done in this class, but the rewards in seeking to understand America’s past and present are immense.

Grading Policy

Quizzes & Disc. Section Participation 15% First Exam 25% Second Exam 30% Final Exam 30% Punctual attendance for all class meetings [See Course Policy Statement]

Discussion Sessions with your respective TAs are mandatory. TA sessions may frequently include 10-20 question quizzes.

Texts

McMichael, ed., Concise Anthology of American Literature, 6th ed. Stephen Crane, Maggie, A Girl of the Streets, and Other New York Writings Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar Tim O'Brien, In the Lake of the Woods Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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