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COTC: American Literature: Course Information

Use this guide to help you locate resources for the COTC Department of English & Communications courses on American Literature available through Warner Library and beyond.

COTC Department of English & Communication: Course Descriptions

Course Title: Survey of American Literature I

Course Description:

Survey of American Literature I is designed to expose students to a wide range of early American literature. In this course, students will examine the works of major writers in the U.S., from the early settlements to 1865. Students will read and critically analyze various genres, including essays, short stories, fiction, and the novel. Students will also use literary criticism and theories including, but not limited to, biographical criticism, gender criticism, historical criticism, psychological theories, and reader-response theories. Through a series of close readings, discussions, reader responses, critical essays, and argumentative papers, students will trace the development of both literary and cultural movements such as Puritanism, Romanticism and Transcendentalism.

Course Title: Survey of American Literature II

Course Description:

Survey of American Literature II is designed to expose students to a wide range of later American literature. In this course, students will examine the works of major writers in the U.S., beginning with the early years following the Civil War and leading up to the present day. Students will read and critically analyze various genres, including essays, short stories, fiction, drama, and the novel. Students will also use literary criticism and theories including, but not limited to, biographical criticism, gender criticism, historical criticism, psychological theories, and reader-response theories. Through a series of close readings, discussions, reader responses, critical essays, and argumentative papers, students will trace the development of both literary and cultural movements such as Realism and Modernism.

Course Title: Writing About Literature

Course Description:

This course concentrates on further development of the student’s college-level writing skills, including the writing process and MLA format, while providing fundamental exposure to the following genres: nonfiction, historical fiction, poetry and drama. Through analysis and interpretation of literary themes, close readings, discussions, critical essays, and expository and argumentative papers, students will apply various critical approaches to reading and responding to literature, including reader-response, biographical, historical, psychological, and cultural. Students will engage in these individual and collaborative experiences to enhance their self-understanding and to deepen perspectives about the world as portrayed through the written word.

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