English 260 Section TBA
American Literary Tradition
Credit Hours: 3
Course Prerequisites: English 110-112 or English 111-112 with an earned grade of C or higher.
Instructor’s Name: TBA
Instructors Office Address, Email Address, Office Hours, and Office Phone Number: TBA
Textbook and Related Materials:
Baym, Nina et. al. eds. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2012.
[The department permits other standard anthologies such as the Longman Anthology of American Literature.]
American Literary Tradition (3) American literature from its beginnings to the Civil War.
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
[Individual Instructor decisions may vary slightly from section to section, but the emphasis is upon the canon in which the specific ideas noted above can be observed, examined, and analyzed.]
All sections of English 260 will:
Native American creation stories and oratory [Zuni, Winnebago, Seneca, etc]: native accounts of the beginning, coyote tales, accounts of first contact with Europeans.
Spanish, French, and English exploration narratives [Columbus, Cabeza de Vaca, Castillo, Champlain, John Smith, Thomas Harriot, etc.]: imperialism, spread of Catholicism, enslavement of native cultures, geographical depictions, relationships between natives and Europeans.
Separatist and Puritan narratives and poetry [William Bradford, John Winthrop, Ann Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, Mary Rowlandson, etc.]: colonization and the development of American literary voices, individual and collective identities, colonial and European identities, sacred and secular texts.
The literature of the American Enlightenment [Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, William Byrd, Sarah Kemble Knight, Olaudah Equiano, Thomas Jefferson, etc.]: rhetorical and philosophical connections between American Revolution and European philosophies and movements, transatlantic trade and rights speech, Lockean epistemology and perception, autobiography.
The literature of revolution and the early nation [Thomas Jefferson, Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, Thomas Paine, Phyllis Wheatley, Susanna Rowson, John and Abigail Adams, Philip Freneau, The Federalist, etc.]: the struggle for independence and national definition, individual rights vs. state authority, democratic and aristocratic forms of government, political and social equality, public print culture and national identity.
The growth of narrative [T.B. Thorpe, Irving, Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville]: the development of the short story, the romance, the romantic novel, etc. in America and its adoption of/reaction against contemporary European modes of writing.
The romantic imagination and philosophical tradition [Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, etc.]: transcendentalism, Unitarianism, eastern philosophy, idealism and forms.
The literature of social protest [Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, William Apess, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Margaret Fuller, etc.]: slavery narratives, native American perspectives and protests, female rights and advocacy, etc.
Poetry [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, etc.]: form and unity, nature and perspective, development of poetic form and experimentation, nationalism and idealism, etc.
Individual sections of the course may differ, but each section will have at least two in-class exams, part of which will include essay writing. In addition, each student will engage in other relevant writing activities. Over the course of the semester, students write at least 10 pages of finished written work outside of exams, focused particularly on literary texts. Finished writing may be done in or outside of class. Some writing may include work with secondary sources.
Students are expected to attend class regularly. Policies regarding class attendance and make up exams will vary with the instructor, but all are within the handbook guidelines. The English Department has adopted the National Writing Project definition of plagiarism.
Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable accommodations due to a disability is required to provide a letter of accommodation from the Student Success Center.
Revised Fall 2016