American Lit Mid 19C to Mid 20C

This course examines literature written inAmerica from the mid-19th century throughthe mid-20th century. The course examines prose, poetry, and drama by writers who traditionally have been considered representative of American culture as well as selections by authors with whom you may be less familiar.  Examining historical and social developments, you will read literature concerned with immigration, slavery, the growth of urban centers, regionalism, industrialization, the ethnic experience, and world war.  Rather than strive for a single definition of American literature, you should, by the end of the semester, realize that literary history is created, changed, and thus represented by diverse cultural groups with differing expectations, values, languages, and histories. Text: NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, 7th edition.Vols. C, D, and E.
Assignments will probably include three essays or examinations (60%), a final essay exam (30%), and class participation (10%).