Course Description - E 316KMASTERWORKS OF LITERATURE:...

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Unformatted text preview: E 316KMASTERWORKS OF LITERATURE: AMERICAN LITERATURE IN HISTORY Spring 2010 Instructor: Dr. B. Berry Lecture Meeting Time: T Th 12:30 1:45 pm, JES A121A Unique Numbers: 34265-34310 Description Because this course covers the broad range of American literature, nearly four centuries of writing, it will necessarily involve a rich variety of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. We will begin by examining the origins of American literature from its colonial beginnings in New England in the 17 th century through the Enlightenment of the 18 th century and the particular brand of Romanticism that marked the early 19 th century. Then we will focus on a myriad of American voices of the late 19 th and 20 th centuries, noting, as we proceed, both continuities and innovations. We will be particularly interested cultural context, psychological underpinnings, and gender representations. Our longer texts, by Crane, Kesey, OBrien, and McCarthy, will provide special opportunities to study the dense relationship between a particular work and the...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course ENG 316K taught by Professor Kruppa during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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