Survey of American Literature from 1865 to present
Course Number: ENG 254
Transcript Title: American Literature from 1865
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 9, 2015
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online
Introduces the literature of the land which is now the U.S.A. from the mid-1800s to the present. Revolves around the written manifestations of the various people creating and describing American culture. Considers various forms including canonized and non-canonized writing (fiction, letters, diaries, poetry and more.) Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
- Identify and discuss strengths, limitations and cultural assumptions of the various literary forms practiced in America from the mid-1800s to the present day.
- Identify and discuss the roles of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and geography play in creating American literature.
- Identify and address the issues, conflicts, preoccupations, and themes of American literature.
- Use literary texts to examine the historical, rhetorical, and cultural contexts in which they were, and are, composed.
- Identify and discuss aesthetic aspects of American literature, including plot, setting, character, dialect, oral storytelling, diction, metaphor and allegory.
- Analyze texts through close reading and at least one of several literary theories.
Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes
|In-depth||1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)|
|2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)|
|3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)|
|4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)|
|5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)|
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment tools may include weekly written journals, participation in class discussions, creative projects, annotated bibliographies, quizzes and examinations, and literary analysis papers.
Course Activities and Design
Lecture; assigned readings; discussion; written assignments.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Aesthetic aspects of literature.
- Historical, political, cultural, rhetorical and socioeconomic contexts.
- Close reading and theoretical approaches to texts.
- Critical reading and thinking.
- American identity as described and created by American literature.
- Literary research and analysis and synthesis of ideas.