2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
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2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

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

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Characteristic elements and examples of literary texts and genres (themes, structure, style, types and analysis)
  2. Factors that affect critical reading and response: issues of translation, ethnocentrism, gender, and bias/prejudice
  3. Historical, geographical, cultural, ethnic, race and gender contexts for the study of American literature from 1865 to present
  4. Conceptual frameworks applied to American literature from 1865 to present: definitions of culture, gender, race and ethnicity; literary terminology; aesthetic movements
  5. Information literacy skills related to independent research
  6. Contextual frameworks for interpreting literary works

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Classify, analyze and compare representative works of American literature from 1865 to present within thematic, cultural and aesthetic frameworks. (1) 
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. Explain and apply key terms and concepts related to literature and cultural diversity. (4) 
  5. Employ tools of scholarship on issues of race, ethnicity and gender to American literature from 1865 to present. (5)
  6. Employ tools of scholarship to contextual, social and historical frameworks to interpret American literature from 1865 to present. (6)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2,500 words of monitored writing.