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American Literature to 1865 - Honors

Course NumberENG 271HW
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C, or permission of the Honors Office. Studies major movements and themes in American literature as they appear in the works of important authors from the Puritan period to and including the Age of Romanticism. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning. Credit may be earned in only one of: ENG 271HW, ENG 271W, LIT 271HW, or LIT 271W. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify selected American authors and their representative works from Pre-Columbian times to 1865
  1. Analyze a variety of American Literature created by men and women from the diverse cultures which developed into contemporary America.
  2. Engage in discussion of the representative works.
  3. Write essays and exams which demonstrate a grasp of the outcomes and objectives.

Identify the characteristics of various genres and their use of literary devices.
  1. Identify and analyze poetical qualities such as metaphor, symbol, theme, rhyme.
  2. Identify and analyze the characteristics of fictional prose writings.
  3. Identify and analyze the qualities of such non-fiction prose as essays, political rhetoric and other manuscripts.
  4. Explain the development of American fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Describe the evolution of a distinctly American literature.
  1. Identify historical influences on the development of a uniquely American literature.
  2. Identify the pertinent cultural and biographical influences on the literature.
  3. Recognize other influences, such as political, philosophical, and religious issues on the development of a uniquely American literature.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

Practice intellectual curoosity and apply it in independent ways to deepen their understanding of the course material.
  1. Complete at least one significant project, either individually or as a group depending on the instructor's discretion, and work with the instructor to assure that the project demonstrates intellectual curiosity and academic rigor.

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