English 2328  (American Literature, Part II)

Course Prerequisites:  English 1302

Description:  A survey course which consists of reading and analyzing significant works of American literature beginning with Realism and culminating with Postmodernism.


Anthology of American Literature, Volume II
McMichael, etal; Prentice Hall


Learning Outcomes:
Upon the completion of this course, students will demonstrate the ability to
    Recognize the basic elements of fiction (plot, theme, character, symbol, style, and point of view) as they appear in selected works of American literature.
    Recognize recurring themes as they appear in selected works of American literature
    Demonstrate their understanding of selected assignments by responding to evaluation that tests their ability to read closely
    Understand the themes, philosophies, and symbolic comments portrayed in recent American literature
    Become more aware of literature as a product of American culture and history, thereby gaining a better understanding of themselves and their immediate world.
    Write an analytical essay about an assigned literary topic.

Overall Course Competencies:
    Identify the characteristics and significance of the generally-accepted periods of the second half of American literature. 
    Read and analyze masterpieces and, where necessary, secondary works of each of the major periods of American   literature: epic, poetry, fiction, and drama.
    Compare, contrast, and synthesize works and ideas in a perceptive fashion.
    Use standard terminology and techniques to analyze works from the various genres.
    Understand the themes and significance of literary works.
    Express results of literary analysis in a clear, well-organized style.
    Understand the relation of a work to its period and to American literature as a whole.
    Participate in all assigned work.

Assigned Discussion Board topics
Four to six exams including the final
    Research Essay

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