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411 - American Literature

Credits: 
3
Writing Intensive (WI): 
No
Prerequisite or Requirement: 
None
General Education: 
Yes
Perspectives: 
Ethical
Social
Class Description: 
The course introduces students to American literature by tracing a particular theme through a historical survey of canonical, non-canonical, and contemporary novels, stories, poetry, and drama, as well as non-fiction forms (speeches, autobiographies, essays, etc.). Students will gain a broad understanding of American literary trends while also gaining a deep understanding of the given themes. These themes will be broadly conceived, but will also lend themselves to social, cultural, and political questions. These themes may include but are not limited to Horror, Gardens and Machines, Natives and Strangers, Borders, etc. While these themes deal with abstract or conceptual ideas, they lead to questions about gender, race, ethnicity, empire, and other historical problems in debates over American exceptionalism, empire, and ideology.