E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: American
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This course will first examine 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 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.
Mid-Term Exam 20%
Final Exam 25%
Class Participation 10%
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, shorter 6th edition, Nina Baym, general editor
Stephen Crane, Maggie, A Girl of the Street, and Other New York Writings.