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2023-2024 General Catalog 
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LIT 111 - American Literature since Mid-1800’s

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course examines a variety of American authors writing in different genres from the Reconstruction era to the present. Themes, philosophies, and styles in relation to their social and cultural contexts will be analyzed in discussion and through written literary analyses. This course helps students build confidence in their reading and communication skills while also enabling them to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face,virtual, and/or online

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): Students will complete a minimum of one assessment (paper, project, presentation, or test) for each thematic unit. Please note that assessments are subject to change.

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Course Objectives

  1. Students will read and discuss texts from a variety of authors and genres in American literature.
    1. Read a variety of works of different genres from several periods of American literature, participating in discussions and completing assessments that demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the broad range of literary works and authors.
    2. Identify, analyze, and explain poems through the lens of structure, theme, and poetic elements, such as sound devices and figurative language.
  2. Students will analyze the techniques and themes characteristic of American literary movements.
    1. Analyze narrative prose in terms of theme, plot, point of view, character, setting, and archetypes.
  3. Students will examine the social, political, and historical contexts of American literature.
    1. Compare and contrast the authors and works of major periods of American literature, with emphasis on how historical, political, and social contexts impacted both form and content.
  4.  Students will evaluate the influence of race, class, and gender on literature and ideas in a given time period or movement, especially in terms of the society and culture.
    1. Compare and contrast the authors and works of major periods of American literature, with emphasis on how issues of race, class, and gender impacted both form and content.
  5. Students will compose MLA-formatted literary analyses supported by textual evidence with proper citations.
    1. Develop critical analysis essays over readings from the course with effective support from the texts being analyzed and using proper terminology, formatting, and citations.
    2. Recognize and apply proper MLA formatting and citing, grammar, usage, and mechanics in all written assignments, essays, and projects.

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