This course will survey the writings of 150 years in the historical and cultural context of America. The influence of vast social, political, and philosophical changes in America on literary works will be explored. The major literary movements, works, and authors of four distinct time periods will be read and discussed: the late 19th century, the early 20th century, the late 20th century, and the 21st century.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
Literature of a Changing Nation
- Identify the major authors and works during the period of 1865 to 1912.
- Explain the major literary movements and trends affecting literature from 1865 to 1912.
- Analyze factors that influenced American literature from 1865 to 1912.
Women Writers of the Post–Bellum Era
- Identify the major works of female authors during the period of 1865 to 1912.
- Describe the role of women in literature from 1865 to 1912.
- Analyze factors that influenced American female writers from 1865 to 1912.
The Early 20th Century: Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance
- Identify the major authors and works of the early 20th century.
- Describe how the Modernist movement affected American literature and culture.
- Describe how the Harlem Renaissance affected American literature and culture.
- Analyze factors that influenced American literature of the early 20th century.
American Ethnic Literature
- Identify the major authors and works of ethnic literature.
- Describe the influence of ethnic literature in America.
- Analyze factors that influenced American ethnic literature.
- Identify the major authors and literary works in America since 1945.
- Describe the factors, literary movements, and trends influencing contemporary American literature.
- Analyze the role of literature in 21st-century American society.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
- ENG/100 – Critical Reading and Composition OR
- a minimum of 3 college credits of College Composition
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