Course Descriptions

American Literature I - ENGL 2131


This course surveys American Literature from the Pre-Colonial Period through the mid-nineteenth century. It begins with the Age of European Exploration and interaction with Native American cultures and continues through the 18th century Enlightenment, the American Renaissance, and the Romantic movement, ending with the beginning of American Realism.

The literature is studied within the context of history and culture and with an emphasis on literary periods. Students will utilize various critical approaches and reading strategies as they examine important authors and themes of these periods.

Name Office Phone Email
Andrew Attana University of North Georgia
Richard Baskin Gordon State College
Amy Berke Middle Georgia State University
Tara Causey University of North Georgia
Jason Dew Georgia State University
Lorraine Dubuisson Middle Georgia State University
Jonathan Elmore Savannah State University
Cyndy Hall Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Nat Hardy University of North Georgia
Gwen Harold Clayton State University
Jonathan Hendrix University of West Georgia
Haley Hodges University of North Georgia
Todd Hoffman Augusta University
Joseph Jones Gordon State College
Stephanie Kartalopoulos Savannah State University
Elizabeth Kuipers Albany State University
Betty LaFace Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Michael Lewis Savannah State University
Michael Lindsay Clayton State University
Lisa Lishman University of North Georgia
Jade Loicano University of West Georgia
John Marinan Georgia Gwinnett College
Dustin Michael Savannah State University
Joseph Milford Georgia Highlands College
Kari Miller Georgia State University
Phillip Mitchell University of North Georgia
Clay Morton Middle Georgia State University
Neesha Navare-Michael University of North Georgia
Carmine Palumbo East Georgia State College
Matthew Paproth Georgia Gwinnett College
Jennifer Parrott Clayton State University
Whitney Porter University of North Georgia
Rachael Price Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Lydia Rogers Georgia Southwestern State University
Michele Rozga Savannah State University
LaRonda Sanders-Senu Middle Georgia State University
Kevin Scott Albany State University
Herbert Shippey Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
LaJuan Simpson-Wilkey Clayton State University
Elizabeth Steere University of North Georgia
William Teem University of West Georgia
Barbara Warren Valdosta State University
Ashleigh Whelan University of North Georgia
Timothy Whelan Georgia Southern University
Paul Wise University of West Georgia

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Identify the genres, major writers and important schools in American literature from the pre-colonial era to the opening volleys of the Civil War.
  • Summarize, interpret, and infer hypotheses regarding selected texts.
  • Use and extend reading, writing, technological, and critical thinking skills developed in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
  • Identify the cultural factors that shaped American literature and define the common concerns of humanity as expressed through literature.
  • Unit 1: Introduction to course
  • Unit 2: Pre-Colonial America and Colonial Settlements
  • Unit 3: Toward a National Literature
  • Unit 4: The American Renaissance: Romanticism and Transcendentalism
  • Unit 5: Nineteenth Century Critical Perspectives

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Participation & Discussions - 9%
  • Quizzes - 20%
  • Major Project (Video Assignment) - 14%
  • Response Paper 1 - 18%
  • Response Paper 2 - 18%
  • Final Exam - 20%

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