ENGLISH 270 - Introduction to American Literature
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The course will survey the classics of American literature to the extent possible within one semester. We shall read a wide variety of authors to discover not just the timeliness of their remarkable innovations and imaginative transgression but the timelessness of their moral courage and wisdom. Questions about the role of literature in a democracy, the meaning of spiritual faith in an era of declining faith, the possibility of imagining radical change amid conditions of radical inequality, and the redemptive sanity of the natural world shall be some of the central issues we shall explore. Authors to be considered shall include Whitman, Melville, James, Hemingway, Faulkner, Morrison, Cather, and Twain, among others. The class will be conducted primarily through discussion, with some occasional lecturing to establish lines of influence and to outline notable trends.

Course Requirements:

Written requirements consist of three essays, 5 to 7 pages each, and a final exam.

ENGLISH 270 - Introduction to American Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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Eng 270 READING LIST Walt Whitman, The First (1855) Edition of Leaves of Grass, ed. Malcom Cowley (Penguin Classic, ISBN 1502310570) Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nathaniel Hawthorne?s Tales, ed. James McIntosh, 2nd edition (Norton Critical Edition, ISBN 978-0393935647) Henry James, The Great Short Works of Henry James (Perennial, ISBN 978-0060830403) Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Harcourt Brace, ISBN 0-15-644350) Edith Wharton, Summer (Oxford World Classics, ISBN 978-0198709985) William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying (Vintage, ISBN 978-0679732259) Robert Frost, The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems (Holt, ISBN 978-0805005028) Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (Picador, ISBN 978-0312424091) Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Doubleday) 978-0-385-54236-4)
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