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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

Identify a representative sample of American literature since 1865.
  1. Add meaningfully to class discussion of works listed on the course calendar
  2. Summarize works (know "what happened").
  3. Interpret the meaning of literary works based on an understanding of theme.

Interpret literary works using symbol and metaphor.
  1. Identify and explain symbols and metaphors.
  2. Connect symbols and metaphors with theme or main ideas.

Historicize literary works
  1. Connect the works of literature with events, scientific advances, and ideas contemporary to the literary works.

Recognize the diversity of American literature.
  1. Connect issues of race, class, gender, and multiple points of view to themes contemporary to the literary works.
  2. Connect issues of race, class, gender, and multiple points of view to themes contemporary to our lives.

Define what makes a piece of literature "good."
  1. Analyze and balance aesthetic elements, thematic elements, and elements of reader connectedness.

Generate writings on a range of topics related to the works read.
  1. Compose and revise writings in whatever form the instructor identifies interpreting the literary readings.

Define what it means to be American through the use of literary works on our course calendar.
  1. Define "American."
  2. Use the readings for focus and explain what it means to be "American."

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.

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