English 261 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:
Greenblatt, Stephen and M.H. Abrams, ed. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 20012.
[The department permits other standard anthologies such as the Longman Anthology of American Literature.]
American Literary Tradition (3) American literature from the Civil War to the present.
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 261 will:
Individual Voices: Poetry, Oratory, and Memoir [Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Cochise, Chief Seattle, Zitkala Sa, Henry Adams, etc.]: language and poetry, language and politics, heterogynous national experience, development of autobiography, etc.
Local Color [Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Kate Chopin, Charles Chesnutt, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Sarah Orne Jewett, etc.]: the frame story, the vernacular tradition, the southern humorous tradition, local responses to conflict, the role of domesticity, the legacy of slavery, etc.
Realism [William Dean Howells, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Stephen Crane, Jack London, etc.]: reactions against Romanticism, the critique of nationalism, Naturalism, the critique of industry, the institutionalization of class and gender, expatriate writing, European aesthetic movement, Impressionism.
Poetry [Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, Carl Sandburg, Wallace Stevens, Amy Lowell, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes. H. D., Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, etc.]: Modernism, formalism, self expression and psychology, the experience of loss, subjectivity, objective correlative, syntagmatic preoccupation with time, mythic metanarrative, expatriate writing, Harlem Renaissance, Southern Renaissance.
Prose [Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, etc.]: African American Identity and aesthetics, WWI and the “lost generation,” influences—Marxism, Freudian Psychology, Existentialism, Harlem Renaissance, Southern Renaissance, syntagmatic preoccupation with time, expatriate writing.
Poetry [Robert Penn Warren, Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Rita Dove, etc.]: Black Mountain Poets, Beats, Confessional Poets, increase in poetic schools, formalism, structuralism.
Prose [Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Eudora Welty, James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Pynchon, Sandra Cisneros, Amy Tan, etc.]: epistemological and ontological shifts, leveling of culture, subversion of humanism, rise of minority literatures, poststructuralism, technological innovation.
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