From physical journeys across the Atlantic Ocean, into the wilderness, down the Mississippi River to interior journeys of reflection, epiphany, and self-discovery, examination of a selection of American literature from pre-eighteenth century to the present. Exploring a variety of authors, genres, and themes in such issues as American landscapes, spirituality, cultural diversity, and resistance to oppression.
The course refines students? grammar, mechanics, and style; develops analytical and collaborative skills; introduces the strategies, formats, and organizational patterns of a variety of professional letters, memos, proposals, and reports; teaches research strategies and techniques; and develops oral and nonverbal communication skills.
Emerson to Dickinson
Study of American literature from Emerson through Dickinson. Focusing on such writers as Douglass, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Stowe, Whitman, consideration of how these writers worry over the possibility of living well through their considerations of such concerns as their relationships to creation, to God, to evil, to readers too busy to give letters157 their time, and to an expanding, divided federation compromised by a constitution that allows promotes slavery and disenfranchises women.
American Novel to WW I
Examination of the development of the American novel through its adaptations of such sub-genres as the Gothic novel, the historical romance, the social protest novel, the picaresque novel, the realistic novel of manners, and the naturalistic novel. Authors might include Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, James, Twain, Norris, Chopin, and Cather.
American Novel Since WW I
Examination of modern and post-modern novels, emphasizing how these works reflect cultural assumptions about social class, race, ethnicity, gender roles, politics, technology, religion, art and entertainment. Authors include: Anderson, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Hurston, Malamud, Kesey, Walker, and Tan.
Senior Seminar in English
Course topic changes with each offering.
American Dream Ideal & Reality
An exploration of the concept of America as a place of political and religious freedom, social and economic mobility, and opportunities to achieve personal fulfillment. Students will analyze both literary texts and contemporary culture.
Issues in Women & Gender Stds
Focus on both classical and contemporary issues in Women's and Gender Studies. Survey of feminist theory and historical developments in the women's movement, it provides a foundation for the understanding of contemporary women's issues, including education, family, health, religion, economics and politics.