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ENGL 2143 American Literary History III (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course provides an introductory overview of literature written in the United States from World War I to the early 21st century. We will look at the ways writers of this period have experimented idiosyncratically and in dialogue with one another as modernism turned postmodern, as canons collided and collapsed, as movies and record albums displaced some of literature’s more traditional forms. The course is largely conversational, but structurally supported with student oral presentations. Required texts may include novels by Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Cather, Pynchon and/or Morrison; poetry by Williams, Sexton, Stevens, Moore, Seidel, Walcott and/or Armantrout; drama by Parks and/or Kushner; plus short stories and lyrical non-fiction. Requirements for the course include an oral presentation, two critical essays, two section exams, and an essay final exam.


Instructor(s): John Anderson

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 23-Jan-18