American Literary History
Frank Quinn Christianson PhD
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ENGL 251 (Introduction to English Studies) or concurrent enrollment.
Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in American literature as illustrated through representative texts.
Lesson 1: What is American Literature? An Overview
Lesson 2: Literatures of Exploration: Contact and Conflict in North America
Lesson 3: Utopian Promise: Puritan America and Its Legacy
Lesson 4: Unit One Essay
Lesson 5: The Spirit of Nationalism: Enlightenment and the Literature of the Early Republic
Lesson 6: The Gothic and Transcendentalism: Two Faces of Romanticism
Lesson 7: Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance
Lesson 8: Mid-19th-Century Poetry in Focus: Dickinson and Whitman
Lesson 9: Slavery and Freedom: Domestic Fiction and Social Change
Lesson 10: Unit Two Essay
Lesson 11: Regional Realism in Focus: Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn
Lesson 12: Social Realism and Naturalism
Lesson 13: Rhythms in Poetry: Modernist Aesthetics in Focus
Lesson 14: Becoming Visible: Ethic Writers and the Literary Mainstream
Lesson 15: Unit Three Essay
Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.