Survey of American Literature IIEH 222/ Fall 2021: Online 2Department of Languages and LiteratureThe University of West AlabamaInstructor:Mr. Travis TurnerE-mail:[email protected]COURSE DESCRIPTIONSurvey of American literature from 1865 to present: 3 credit hours.WELCOME AND OVERVIEWWelcome to the Fall 1 online term of American Literature II.In this course,we will be covering American literature from the Civil War/Reconstructionera to contemporary/late 20thcentury. I’m looking forward to working andlearning together and getting to know you as student members of the UWAcommunity in the next 7.5 weeks. A significant portion of this class willfocus on the development of an “American” literature in a redefined andreframed society. Literature reflects society and its values and norms; thus,when we read literature, we see events and issues of the time appear inthose texts.Importantly, all literature should be historically contextualized,so that we can analyze texts through accurate and appropriate lenses.Without context, we lose significance, so I will expect you to familiarizeyourself with some major moments in history: wars/conflicts, religiousmovements, schools of literary thought, trends, etc. As we move forwardinto the next century, increased technology, availability of literature, globalinfluences, war, and ideological changes will all be forces that shape thecoming literary world.COURSE OBJECTIVESEH 222 is designed to give students practice in the interpretation ofliterature and in the clear communication, oral and written, of thoseinterpretations. The course aims also to expose students to a variety ofliterary forms and to the interpretive and aesthetic issues raised by thoseforms themselves. In so doing, this course, like all courses in thehumanities, exists to help students think more clearly about the worldaround them and man’s place within it. Finally, by exposing students tosome of the masterpieces of American literature, the course acquaintsstudents with a variety of texts of fundamental importance in the English-
speaking world. Students will be expected to write and think coherentlyabout a topic and compose essays that demonstrate an understanding ofliterature and its analysis.Department of Languages and Literature Student LearningOutcomes**These SLOs are created by UWA administration and are required to beincluded on every syllabus for a course in The Department of Languagesand Literature**English majors will demonstrate a sound understanding of Englishand American literature.The department will prepare English majors and minors for graduatestudies or careers by enhancing their skills in written communicationand critical thinking.General education students in composition courses will improve theirwriting skills, as shown in their knowledge of grammar.