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American Literature: Beginnings-1865 (ENLT 2231)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course examines the literature of the Americas, concentrating on literature produced in the territory that became the United States from European conquest through the mid-19th century. Among the literature you read will be Native American works; writings of the European conquerors and colonists; African-American works; and early-to-middle-19th-century fiction, poetry, and prose.

Topical Outline:
1. Oral traditions from before the European Conquest
2. Literature and European Colonization
3. Literature and Republicanism
4. Early to Middle 19th-Century Fiction
5. Early to Middle 19th-Century Non-Fiction Prose
6. Early to Middle 19th-Century Poetry

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand the cultures and people of America through the mid-19th century
2. Critically examine their personal reactions to American literature from this period
3. Make contemporary connections with the social, political, and artistic issues from this period
4. Use some of the literary forms and conventions from this era to analyze this literature

Prerequisites:  ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity