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Fall 2021

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LIT216 - American Literature: Civil War to the Present

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines American literature from the post-Civil War era (1865) to present day. Looks at the American tradition and culture and how each artist fits within his or her historical context through the literary periods of realism, naturalism, modernism, and post-modernism. Explores how students fit into the American tradition and culture. Teaching methods may include small group discussions, lectures, independent study, and the use of computer labs. Prerequisite: ENG101.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Describe the historical and social context of literary works within their appropriate periods;
2. Relate aspects of historical literature pieces to contemporary personal experiences;
3. Describe how the historic and social events and trends are reflected in the literature of the time;
4. Identify influential writers of American literature since 1865;
5. Identify landmark literary works published since 1865;
6. Apply the rules of mechanics correctly in written work;
7. Employ credible academic sources as part of literary research;
8. Create coherent written critiques of works of literature.

Effective Term: Fall 2019