ENGL 0216 - American Literature to 1865

Credits: 3

This survey course introduces students to writings from the time of exploration to the Civil War. Students explore the diversity of literary expression in the early period, through readings of genres such as travel journals, captivity narratives, Puritan poetry, Native American oral narratives, sermons and slave narratives; students then study the development of the novel and the emergence of distinctive poetic voices in the nineteenth century. The course considers literature in relation to such artistic, historical, and cultural topics as contacts between diverse cultures, social reform movements, transcendentalism, and sentimentalism. Intended for serious students of literature, and required of all English majors.

Prerequisites: ENGL 0101  and ENGL 0102 .

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