College Credits: 3
The American Literature Course surveys prose and poetry written in the United States from colonial times to the present. It emphasizes fiction and poetry and is primarily a presentation of knowledge about literary works—their content, their backgrounds, and their authors—but it also is concerned about and requires familiarity with the concepts and terminology used by literary critics and literary historians.
One should survey American literature and its basic literary periods to gain a sense of the historical development of American literature, while making personal observations and analysis. Traditional American writings will be selected from a diverse group of authors and will be presented and analyzed to gain an understanding of how American authors influenced the heritage of the United States.