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American Literature II – ENGL 2132

Description

A survey of American literature from the mid nineteenth century to the present.


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After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Identify and apply a variety of critical approaches to literature.
  • Identify the important literary periods and themes of American Literature from the mid-19th Century to the present.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a diversity of American cultures through the study of literature.
  • Apply various reading strategies to text in order to summarize, synthesize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate the literature.
  • Write a paper on a topic in American literature using MLA style and a variety of sources that shows original thought, research, and an ability to assimilate and synthesize the ideas of others on the topic.
  • Enhance technological skills.
  • Unit 1 – Romanticism: Whitman and Dickinson
  • Unit 2 – The Frontier I
  • Unit 3 – The Frontier II
  • Unit 4 – Realism and Naturalism I
  • Unit 5 – Realism and Naturalism II
  • Unit 6 – Modernism I
  • Unit 7 – Modernism II
  • Unit 8 – Postmodernism I
  • Unit 9 – Postmodernism II
  • Unit 10 – Contemporary Trends

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

  • Discussions and Participation – 25%
  • Researched Essay – 25%
  • Response Papers and Annotated Bibliography – 20% (5% each)
  • Midterm Essay Exam – 15%
  • Final Essay Exam – 15%
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