Group C (American Literature)

Literature Group C (American): Two (2) courses in American literature:

ENGL 243 American Short Story
ENGL 245 American Novel
ENGL 260 American Ethnic Literature
ENGL 261 American Writers I
ENGL 262 American Writers II
ENGL 264 African American Literature
ENGL 353 Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost
ENGL 365 American Romanticism
ENGL 368 American Realism and Naturalism
ENGL 370 Studies in American Literature
ENGL 373 Modern American Fiction
ENGL 374 Modern British and American Poetry (may be used for Group B or C but not both)
ENGL 383 Contemporary American Literature

ENGL 243 The American Short Story (Gen. Ed. Goals 4, 12)
A survey of the short story in America from Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne to the present with emphasis on writers who reflect various regions, cultures, and ethnic groups.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 245 The American Novel (Gen. Ed. Goals 4, 12)
The background and development of the American novel from its beginnings to the present. Covering representative novels by such writers as Hawthorne, Stowe, Melville, Twain, James, Dreiser, Cather, Faulkner, Ellison, Mailer, Bellow, and Morrison, the course reflects the diversity and range of American fiction and addresses the social and intellectual backgrounds of the writers and issues of race, class, and gender.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 260 American Ethnic Literature (Gen. Ed. Goals 4, 12)
A study of Native American, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and other ethnic writers. The course explores issues of individual and collective identity, as well as the tension between assimilation and ethnic affirmation in the works of writers throughout American history. Note: Students who have taken 21.260 Minority Literature will not receive credit for this course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 261 American Writers I (Gen. Ed. Goals 4, 12)
A survey of literature from the age of European exploration to the middle of the nineteenth century. The course reflects the diversity and range of American experience. Readings may include letters and journals of early discoverers, explorers, and settlers; selections from the Native American oral tradition; essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau; autobiographies by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs; and
poetry and fiction by writers ranging from Anne Bradstreet to Herman Melville.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 262 American Writers II (Gen. Ed. Goals 4, 12)
A survey of literature since the middle of the nineteenth century. The course reflects the diversity and range of American experience. Readings may include memoirs, criticism, poetry, fiction, or drama by authors such as Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, T.S.Eliot, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and James Baldwin. Note: ENGL 261 American Writers I is not a prerequisite for this course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 264 African American Literature (Gen. Ed. Goals 4, 12)
A study of the fiction and non-fiction of African Americans throughout American history, including characteristic literary forms such as the slave narrative, autobiography, and song. The course focuses on such writers as Wheatley, Douglass, Jacobs, Washington, DuBois, Hurston, Toomer, Hughes, Baldwin, Wright, Ellison, King, Malcolm X, Walker, Morrison, and Wilson.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 353 Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost
An in-depth study of the lifetime poetic achievements of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost, three central figures in American poetry. The course emphasizes close reading, explication, and recitation of poems, as well as research and writing about the poets, their themes and styles, and relevant cultural history.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 365 American Romanticism
A critical study of essays, novels, short stories, and poetry by some of the major American writers of the first half of the nineteenth-century. Through a consideration of writers such as Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Poe, students explore the aesthetic developments and philosophical ideas expressed through the genre of Romanticism and its related movement, Transcendentalism. The cultural and historical background of the genre is also discussed.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 368 American Realism and Naturalism
A critical study of works from the major American writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including such writers as Crane, Dreiser, James, Jewett, Twain, and Wharton. Emphasis is on the development of realism and naturalism, and on the historical, political, and cultural contexts of these literary movements.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 370 Studies in American Literature
An exploration of a special topic in American Literature. Topics change each time the course is offered; sample topics include such subjects as American Sea Literature, the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel, the American Dream and its Discontents, and Labor and American Literature.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 373 Modern American Fiction
An advanced study of major modern American writers such as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cather, West, Faulkner, Hurston, and Wright in the context of the historical and cultural developments of the first half of the twentieth century.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 374 Modern British and American Poetry
A study of various modern poets, including Yeats, Eliot, Frost, Robinson, Housman, Hardy, and Hopkins. Attention is given to various theories about the nature and function of modern poetry, particularly where these theories differentiate modern poetry from the poetry of the past.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 383 Contemporary American Fiction
A study of American fiction since 1945, including writers such as Bellow, DeLillo, Doctorow, Ellison, Morrison, Nabokov, Pynchon, Roth, Tyler, Updike, and Walker. Emphasis is on postmodern narrative experiments and on representations of the self and American experience in the contemporary period. Note: Students will not receive credit for both ENGL 383 Contemporary American Fiction and 21.379 Contemporary European and American Literature.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

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