Course Descriptions

American Literature II – ENGL 2132


A chronological study of American literature from the Civil War to the present, this course presents a broad overview of American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Students will utilize various critical approaches and reading strategies as they examine important authors and themes of this period. The course will pay attention to literary movements, regional writing, native and immigrant cultures, and multiple perspectives.

ENGL 2132 - Summer 2024

Course Instructor
ENGL 2132 1AGHaley Hodges
ENGL 2132 1BGJade Loicano

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 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: Introduction to Course
  • Unit 2: Late Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism
  • Unit 3: Modernism
  • Unit 4: Literature After 1945
  • Unit 5: 21st-Century Literature

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

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Discussions - 19%
  • Quizzes - 10%
  • Response Paper 1 - 18%
  • Response Paper 2 - 18%
  • Major Project - 14%
  • Final Exam - 20%

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