This course is a survey of American literature through 1860.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
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Topics and Objectives
The New World
- Identify the predominant literary qualities of the early explorers.
- Summarize how culture, politics, and religion influenced the writings of the early American exploration period.
- Explain the literary qualities and ideologies of Native American myths and oral traditions.
- Recognize the major works and authors of the colonial period.
- Explain how religion shaped colonial American literature.
- Explain how politics and historical events shaped colonial American literature.
The New Republic
- Recognize the major works and authors of the revolutionary period.
- Explain how the American Revolution influenced the literature of the revolutionary period.
- Describe how developing a national identity shaped the creation of an American literary culture.
- Describe how the westward land expansion of America influenced literature of the revolutionary period.
The American Renaissance
- Recognize the major works and authors of the American Renaissance.
- Summarize how culture, politics, and religion influenced the writings of the American Renaissance.
- Explain the Transcendentalist movement's influence on American literature and culture.
- Identify the role poetry played in the American Renaissance.
The Changing Nation
- Explain how increasing concern over race and gender relations affected the literature of the pre–Civil War period.
- Identify the roles of fiction, essays, and plays in the pre–Civil War period.
- Describe how different public rhetorics contested American national identity.
- Analyze early American literature’s meaning and importance.
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