eng491 | undergraduate

American Literature To 1860

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This course will survey major authors, ideologies, and historical contexts of American literature from colonial times until the Civil War era. A diverse range of works, genres, movements, and cultural narratives will be explored. Accounts of early explorers, Puritan sermons, Native American mythology, slave narratives, political and social writings, and poetry will be read and discussed.

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 Republic

    • Describe how developing a national identity shaped the creation of an American literary culture.
    • Recognize the major works and authors of the revolutionary period.
    • Explain how the American Revolution influenced the 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.
    • Explain the Transcendentalist movement’s influence on American literature and culture.

    The Changing Nation

    • Recognize the major works and authors of the pre-Civil War period.
    • Describe how different public rhetorics contested American national identity.
    • Analyze early American literature’s meaning and importance.

    The New World

    • Summarize how culture, politics, and religion influenced the writings of the early American exploration period.
    • Explain the literary qualities and ideologies of Native American myths and oral traditions.
    • Compare the literary qualities and ideologies of works written by European explorers to those written or told by Native authors.

    Colonial America

    • Recognize the major works and authors of the colonial period.
    • Explain how politics and historical events shaped colonial American literature.
    • Analyze how religion shaped colonial American literature.
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