We will examine the cultural dynamics within the
United States between the close of the Civil War and the start of World War II.
Social and economic events will provide context for literary change and
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, have been kept to a minimum. Both lecture and
discussion will occupy our time together in class.
Texts: THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN
LITERATURE, 6th ed. Vols. C & D.