eng492 | undergraduate

American Literature Since 1860

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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-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    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.
    • Compare male and female perspectives in literature from 1865 to 1912.

    Emergence of Ethnic Literature

    • Analyze factors that influenced American ethnic literature.
    • Identify the major authors and works of ethnic literature.
    • Describe the influence of ethnic literature in America.

    The Early 20th Century: Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance

    • Analyze factors that influenced American literature of the early 20th century.
    • 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.

    Contemporary Literature

    • Describe contemporary literary movements and trends.
    • Analyze factors influencing contemporary American literature.
    • Analyze the role of literature in 21st-century American society.
    • Identify the major authors and literary works in America since 1945.

    Literature of a Changing Nation

    • Identify the major authors and works during the period of 1865 to 1912.
    • Describe the literary movements and trends from 1865 to 1912.
    • Analyze factors that influenced American literature from 1865 to 1912.
    • Explain how the realist and naturalist movements affected literature from 1865 to 1912.
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