Nov 29, 2023
ENG 241 - American Literature 1865 to Present
Description: Exploration of major artistic, historical, philosophical, cultural and gender issues represented in selected works from the Civil War to the present.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 103. Reading Proficiency.
General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity
- 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
- Historical, geographical, cultural, ethnic, race and gender contexts for the study of American literature from 1865 to present
- Conceptual frameworks applied to American literature from 1865 to present: definitions of culture, gender, race and ethnicity; literary terminology; aesthetic movements
- Information literacy skills related to independent research
- Contextual frameworks for interpreting literary works
- Classify, analyze and compare representative works of American literature from 1865 to present within thematic, cultural and aesthetic frameworks. (1)
- Analyze cultural, linguistic, historical and other factors that influence perspectives on American literature from 1865 to present, including attitudes about race, gender and ethnicity. (2)
- Evaluate the role of literature in illuminating, challenging and/or perpetuating prejudice and social inequalities across historical periods from the Civil War to the present. (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 1865 to present. (5)
- Employ tools of scholarship to contextual, social and historical frameworks to interpret American literature from 1865 to present. (6)
- Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2,500 words of monitored writing.