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American Literature Since 1865

Course NumberENG 272W
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 after the age of Romanticism through the Age of Realism and New Directions. Credit may be earned in only one of: ENG 272W, LIT 272W, or LIT 272AW. (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 a mastery of literary devices such as plot, tone, character, setting, and theme.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of major literary movements in American culture from 1865-present.
  6. 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 American literature and explain the premises and assumptions that underlie these interpretative responses.
  5. Write a literary analysis that states a clear thesis statement and uses academic sources to support this thesis statement.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the life of the author and the society in which he or she lives.
  2. Discuss the relevancy of literature to contemporary society.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how race, class, and gender influence the American literary sensibility.

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