ENG-2321/2322 Survey of American Literature I, II

3 credits

Prerequisite: None. May be taken in sequence or separately.

These two courses survey the American tradition of literature from the early colonial period to the present. Focus is on major figures and on genres such as diaries, journals, poetry, essays and fiction. The first semester considers Winthrop, Bradstreet, Taylor, Edwards and Franklin in the 17th and 18th centuries and Emerson, Poe, Thoreau, Melville, Dickinson and Whitman as major 19th century writers. The focus of the second semester, which may be taken without taking ENG-2321, extends from the late 19th century through the first half of the 20th and includes such writers as Twain, James, Crane, Frost, Eliot, Hemingway, Faulkner and Stevens.Meets Part II.A.1. of the GECC.