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AML 3311 Major Figures in American Literature

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    Aug 21, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Matt Dauphin's reading selections weren't ones I would typically associate with American Literature. Usually, people think of Huck Finn, Gatsby, Old Man and the Sea. Matt chose The Disposessed, The Bell Jar, Cat's Cradle, The City and the Pillar, White Noise, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and The Woman Warrior. The diversity in the works he presented made class amazing. We talked about post-modernism, magical realism, immigrant experiences, queer experiences, and satire. The readings were all engaging and really interesting. I couldn't put some of these books down. I think American Literature should be represented by works like these -- full of diversity in both the people in the stories and the people writing them. Because there is no one true "American experience."

    Course highlights:

    Besides just the reading list itself, I think what helped make this class fun was that Matt asked really tough questions to us. He wanted us to talk about how certain extended metaphors in the books related to current events, why American Literature is represented mostly by white faces from distant times, and what was significant about historical events taking place in the stories themselves.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely break your readings up into smaller hunks, and start each book as soon as you can. Sometimes, that will mean starting a book before you finish one. Take notes either in the book itself or in a notebook to keep track of important things.

    • Fall 2015
    • Matt Dauphin
    • Yes
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    Feb 17, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Great professor, who tells you what to expect from the course up front. Also, the reading is quite enjoyable.

    Course highlights:

    Will gain knowledge in how to analyze a novel, and the way it moves through adaptations.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

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    Lots of reading and have to be willing to participate in discussions.

    • Winter 2016
    • Robert Bowman
    • Always Do the Reading

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