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

Spring 2005

E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: American (31545-31590)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31545 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ 1.306

Course Description

The goal of this course is to study the "masterworks" of American literature, and we will, therefore, read masterworks by some combination of African American, Asian American, European American, Native American, and Latina/o authors. Though we will discuss many aspects (literary, cultural, historical, political) of each text on the syllabus, one main interest will be in the way that these authors explore what being "American" means both to them and the community or communities that they represent. I will also provide some historical and cultural materials to help place the readings in context.

Grading Policy

Four exams, with short answer and essay questions, which cover the four general periods that we will be studying.


Pearson Custom Library of American Literature. The required text is an anthology compiled specifically for this class.

William Bradford
Langston Hughes
Sandra Cisneros
Flannery O'Connor
Charles Alexander Eastman
Mary Rowlandson
William Faulkner
Leslie Marmon Silko
Benjamin Franklin
Amy Tan


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