E 316K—MASTERWORKS OF LITERATURE: AMERICAN LITERATURE IN HISTORY Spring 2009 Instructor: Dr. B. Berry Lecture Meeting Time: T Th 12:30 – 1:45 pm, JES A12A Unique Numbers: 33935-33985 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 in women and minority writers, and certain longer texts—by Crane, Plath, O’Brien, and McCarthy—will provide special opportunities to study the relationship between a particular work and the history and culture in which it is
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