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English 2367.02

Literature in the U.S. Experience

Elizabeth Kolkovich

Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: 2.C.1 Literature; Writing and Communication: Level 2; Diversity: Social Diversity in the U.S.
Prerequisites: English 1110 or equivalent

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
30/30: Thirty American Stories from the Last Thirty Years ed. Shreve; Nguyen Longman (2005) 978-0321338983

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Course Objectives: English 2367.02 is a writing-intensive course that will expand your ability to interpret, discuss, and write about literature. By the end of the semester, students should be able (1) to analyze narrative elements through “close reading” that goes beyond paraphrase and personal opinion and (2) to construct lucid and convincing arguments in writing. Your mission is not simply to learn to write more effectively, but to learn through writing.

Course Content: In this course, we will explore not one “U.S. experience,” but many, as we consider how contemporary writers define and question what it means to be American. In our study of recent short stories, we will encounter authors and characters who label themselves outsiders because of their gender, ethnic background, or economic status. We will pay special attention to narrative voice, character, and setting in order to think about the diverse perspectives, people, and places that comprise the U.S.

Method of Presentation: Primarily discussion, with some short lectures, film clips, etc.

Method of Evaluation: Like all courses that count for your second-year writing credit, this one requires about 20 pages of writing. This total will be divided into a few short response papers and 2-3 longer essays (at least one of which involves some research). Each student will also give an oral "presentation" that will have you lead class discussion. And of course active participation is crucial for a discussion-based class.

 

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