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Survey Of American Literature To 1860

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This course is a survey of American literature through 1860.

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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    The New World

    • Explain the literary qualities and ideologies of Native American myths and oral traditions.
    • Identify the predominant literary qualities of the early explorers.
    • Summarize how culture, politics, and religion influenced the writings of the early American exploration period.

    Colonial America

    • 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.
    • Identify the role poetry played in the American Renaissance.
    • Explain the Transcendentalist movement's influence on American literature and culture.

    The Changing Nation

    • Explain how increasing concern over race and gender relations affected the literature of the pre–Civil War period.
    • Analyze early American literature’s meaning and importance.
    • Identify the roles of fiction, essays, and plays in the pre–Civil War period.
    • Describe how different public rhetorics contested American national identity.
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