American Literature II

Course Description

A survey of important American authors and literary trends from the late 19th century through the present. Texts will be situated in relation to cultural, philosophical, social and historical contexts. Particular attention will be paid to the modernist canon and to works by women and authors of color that respond to American literary heritage and social conditions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, familiarity with the important authors and movements of the period under study.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, the ability to analyze individual works within the context of their author’s oeuvre and development, and the literary and social contexts of their production.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, the ability to identify characteristics of the work of particular authors, movements, and periods, and to compare works written by different authors and in different periods.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, the ability to perform ‘close readings’ of individual works based on their formal qualities, incorporating relevant literary and critical terminology.


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