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.

Name Office Phone Email
Erin Andersen University of North Georgia
Arthur Basler University of North Georgia
Amy Berke Middle Georgia State University
Rob Bleil College of Coastal Georgia
Stacy Boyd University of West Georgia
Tara Causey University of North Georgia
Jim Cope University of North Georgia
Jenny Crisp Dalton State College
Emily Dowd-Arrow Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Jonathan Elmore Savannah State University
Cyndy Hall Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Gwen Harold Clayton State University
Sarah Hendricks University of West Georgia
Haley Hodges University of North Georgia
Todd Hoffman Augusta University
Joseph Jones Gordon State College
Michael Lewis Savannah State University
Jade Loicano University of West Georgia
Dustin Michael Savannah State University
Joseph Milford Georgia Highlands College
Kari Miller Georgia State University
Phillip Mitchell University of North Georgia
Neesha Navare-Michael University of North Georgia
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
Elizabeth Steere University of North Georgia
Duane Theobald University of West Georgia
Barbara Warren Valdosta State University
Ashleigh Whelan University of North 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 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: Course Introduction
  • Unit 2: Late Romanticism
  • Unit 3: Realism
  • Unit 4: Naturalism
  • Unit 5: Modernism
  • Unit 6: Literature After 1945

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%
  • Response paper - 20%
  • Scholarly Article Summary - 15%
  • Proctored Midterm Exam - 20%
  • Final Exam - 15%

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