American Literature II   [Archived Catalog]
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

ENG 272 - American Literature II

Studying literature exposes students to a wide range of cultural and historical contexts, while at the same time sharpening analytical skills-skills that ultimately enable students to read and write at a level beyond basic competency and to think creatively. This course surveys American literature from the Civil War to the present, with a focus on the major literary movements of the period-specifically realism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism. It thus lays the groundwork for further literary studies, teaching, and intellectual inquiry. Students will sharpen their skills of analysis and interpretation as they explore the cultural, political, historical, aesthetic, and spiritual dynamics of American literature. Previously taught authors include Mark Twain, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Flannery O'Conner, Toni Morrison, and Elizabeth Bishop, among many others.    

Credit Hours: 3

Term Offered: Fall, Spring