May 11, 2021
ENG 240 - American Literature to 1865
Description: Exploration of major artistic, historical, philosophical, cultural and gender issues represented in selected works from the Colonial era to the Civil War
Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.
- Characteristic elements and examples of literary texts and genres (themes, structure, style, types and analysis)
- Factors that affect critical reading and response: issues of translation, ethnocentrism, gender, and bias/prejudice
- The historical, religious, geographical, cultural, ethnic, race and gender contexts for the study of American literature before 1865
- Conceptual frameworks applied to American literature from 1865 to present: definitions of culture, gender, race and ethnicity; literary terminology; aesthetic movements such as Romanticism, Trancendentalism and the literature of abolition
- Information literacy skills related to independent research
- Classify, analyze and compare representative works of American literature from before 1865 within thematic, cultural and aesthetic frameworks. (1)
- Analyze cultural, linguistic, historical and other factors that influence perspectives on American literature before 1865, including attitudes about race, gender and ethnicity. (2)
- Evaluate the role of literature in illuminating, challenging and/or perpetuating prejudice and social inequalities. (3)
- Explain and apply key terms and concepts related to literature and cultural diversity. (4)
- Employ tools of scholarship on issues of race, ethnicity and gender to American literature from before 1865. (5)
- Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2,500 words of monitored writing.