Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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LIT 210H - American Literature I

Credit(s): 3

This survey course is designed to give students a broad overview of the evolving canon of influential literary works produced in America from approximately 1600 through 1865. Students will read a variety of exemplary texts from a historical perspective in order to critically analyze the formation of our American identity. (Fall Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Explain how contemporary America by studying the literature that helped shape the nation they see around them.
  • Identify outstanding American writers, their themes, and their major works.
  • Identify characteristics of Romanticsim in a work of literature.
  • Use literary terms discussed and in the course.
  • Read, discuss, and evaluate a variety of texts ranging from the pre-colonial period through the Civil War.
  • Situate and interpret literary texts in a national context.
  • Describe the impact of a national literature on culture and history and vice versa.
  • Write critically about a national literature as it is informed by a historical and cultural perspective.
  • Examine the nature of human experience and/or artistic expression.

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