Description: The time period for this course encompasses a wide array of excellent material, far more than can be comprehended in one semester. The course is a survey of that material, which means that we will sample everything. In practice, a survey course is a reading extravaganza. Writing requirements, therefore, will be kept to a minimum: two essays and several short reading responses. Lecture and discussion will occupy our time together in class. There will be two midterms and a final.
Learning Outcomes: The design of the course is foundational for any future studies between the close of the Civil War and the start of World War II. Students will understand 1) the cultural dynamics within the United States, which provided context for literary change and achievement; 2) the major movements within literary history for the period; 3) the major writers who shaped those movements.
Texts: The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 9th ed. Vols. C & D