ENGLISH 2326
American Literature

Western Texas College
 Department of English

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.
    2. Prerequisites: Students must successfully complete ENGL 1301 and 1302 before enrolling in ENGL 2326. The class is identified as reading and writing intensive.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.
    2. Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions.
    4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
    5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Essay assignments will comprise the largest percent of the final grade.
    2. Regularly scheduled Critical Thinking writing assignments will comprise a percentage of the final grade.
    3. Regularly scheduled tests over the reading material will comprise a percentage of the final grade.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Norton Anthology of American Literature: 8th Edition; ISBN: 9780393918886
    2. Recommended: an English dictionary
  5. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. PLAGIARISM: Essays must be submitted electronically to the plagiarism-checking site Turnitin.com. Under WTC policy, plagiarism may result in the student being dropped from class. Students suspected of plagiarism will be consulted. Students found guilty of plagiarism will be dropped.
  1. COURSE ORGANIZATION AND SCHEDULE
    Syllabi assignments derived from Norton Anthology of American Literature: 7th Edition
Week 1: Beginnings to 1700 First day handouts
The writing of explorers in North America as well as selected historical information pre-dating 1700 are studied.
Week 2 Works from early American colonists as well as selected historical information pre-1700 are covered.
Week 3 Readings include early American writers and poets as well as selected historical information pre-1700.
Week 4: American Literature, 1700-1820 Early American journals, sermons, speeches, essays, autobiographies, and poems as well as selected historical information from the 18th Century are discussed.
Week 5: American Literature, 1820-1865 The course study begins the study of 19th Century writers and poets as well as selected historical information.
Week 6 19th Century writers and poets as well as selected historical information studies continue.
Week 7 Instruction includes essayists, poets, and fiction writers working prior to and during the American Civil War, 1860-1865.
Week 8: American Literature, 1865-1914 Post-Civil War American writers are discussed.
Week 9: American Literature, 1914-1945 Study material focuses on early 20th Century prose fiction and poetry.
Week 10 Readings include an assortment of 20th Century writers and poets as well as selected historical information leading up to World War II.
Week 11 The study continues of 20th Century writers and poets leading up to World War II.
Week 12: American Literature since 1945 Post-World War II authors and poets are studied.
Week 13 Readings include an assortment of 20th Century authors, dramatists, and poets.
Week 14 Modern 20th Century writing are the focus as the course ends.
Week 15 The study of modern 20th Century writing concludes.
Week 16 Final Exam Week  


Disclaimer: “The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstance.”

 

 

 

Last Modified: September 20, 2017