Course Descriptions

American Literature II – ENGL 2132


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

Name Office Phone Email
Amy Berke Middle Georgia State University
Rob Bleil College of Coastal Georgia
Stacy Boyd University of West Georgia
Erin Caldwell University of North Georgia
Tara Causey University of North Georgia
Jim Cope Kennesaw State University
Jenny Crisp Dalton State College
Jonathan Elmore Savannah State University
Cyndy Hall Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Gwendolyn Harold Clayton State University
Todd Hoffman Augusta University
Michael Lewis Savannah State University
Dustin Michael Savannah State University
Joseph "Joe" Milford Georgia Highlands College
Kari Miller Georgia Perimeter College-Clarkston
Phillip Mitchell University of North Georgia
Neesha Navare Savannah State University
Matthew Paproth Georgia Gwinnett College
Jennifer Parrott Clayton State University
Austin Riede University of North Georgia
Virginia Russell Georgia Southern University
Kevin Scott Albany State University
Matthew Sherling University of West Georgia
Herbert Shippey Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Barbara Warren Valdosta State University
Ashleigh Whelan Georgia Perimeter College

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.


Course Equivalency

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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