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English (ENGL)

ENGL 231 (GH) American Literature to 1865 (3) Introduction to literary history and analysis; writers such as Bradstreet, Franklin, Emerson, Hawthorne, Douglass, Thoreau, Fuller, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson.

ENGL 231 American Literature to 1865 (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Focusing on major writers and their cultural contexts, English 231 surveys American literature to 1865. A remarkable amount of important literature was produced during this period. Students will read major texts like The Scarlet Letter, Leaves of Grass, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; learn about renowned authors such as Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson; and be introduced to influential literary forms, from Native American oral forms to the short story and free verse. The tradition of American literature to 1865 evolved over periods of significant upheaval and change. Students will also learn about the shifting historical and ethical orientations that energized this tradition from pre-colonial times to periods of Republicanism and Romanticism. As an introductory survey of American literature, English 231 welcomes non majors: no previous course in literature is required. By reading and discussing some of the most important works in American literature, students will sharpen their skills of interpretation while surveying an important literary tradition.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: ENGL 015;ENGL 030;ENGL 137H ; orENGL 138T

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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