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American Literature to 1865

Course NumberENG 271W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C. 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. Credit may be earned in only one of: ENG 271HW, ENG 271W, LIT 271HW or LIT 271W. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.
  1. Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  2. Identify various literary genres.
  3. Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of literary devices such as plot, tone, characters, setting, and theme.
  5. Articulate an interpretative response to 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.
  4. Articulate an interpretative response to literature and explain the premises and assumptions that underlie this interpretative response.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the time period and/or the author and the society in which he/she lived.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of various cultural and historical identities and how those influence the literature.

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