E 338 • American Literature from 1865 to the Present
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
The goal of this course is to study a wide range of American literatures from 1865 to the present, and, therefore, the syllabus includes an approximate balance of canonical and historically marginalized voices. We will read the works on the syllabus in roughly chronological order and discuss the poems, stories, plays, autobiographies, and essays from the various critical angles that arise from your own readings. In addition, to broaden our discussions I will provide for you observations on these works by literary scholars and critics and pertinent historical and cultural materials. We will consider what cultural values these texts articulate, and place diverse texts in dialogue in order to understand more clearly how story or narrative helps to express particular worldviews.
READING QUIZZES: 10-12 short quizzes on the day's reading at the beginning of class.
WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: Two (2) 2-3-page, double-spaced analyses of a specific issue (aesthetic, cultural, historical, political, etc.) or theme in one of the works we are reading.
EXAMS: An exam that covers the first half of the class and a second exam that covers the second half of the semester.
ATTENDANCE: Any more than five (5) total absences constitutes failure of the class without regard to grades on quizzes, essays, and exams.
Papers 20% each
Exams 20% each
Reading quizzes 20%
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Sixth Edition/Package 2, Volumes, C, D, and E