This is a survey course of American Literature. In addition to recognizing the major writers found in American literature, students will also learn to identify genres, movements, and historical events that helped shape this young country. Students will extend their knowledge of literary devices used in fiction and poetry and be able to recognize these elements in context. Selected readings will include various forums of fictional prose, drama, novels, and poetry.
Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and complete weekly homework assignments, which can range from short answers to evaluate reading comprehension, to longer essay responses which allow students to refine their composition skills.
All assignments and discussions are intent on helping the student explore the diverse human experience of American writers and appreciate the emergence of literature in these United States. In addition, this class will encourage students to find the joy and pleasure found between the pages of a good book.
Topics Covered in Second Semester:
- Mark Twain
- Literature from the turn of the century
- Modern Age
- Modern short stories and poems
- The Great Gatsby
- World War I poets
- The Harlem Renaissance
- Southern Regionalism
- Beat Poets
- The Crucible