Classes

HL90CB: Early American Environments

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

Course Description

 “I take SPACE to be the central fact to man born in America,” wrote the poet Charles Olson in 1947.  For Olson, North America’s expansive geography profoundly shaped the nation’s collective consciousness, as well as its history.  However, Olson’s bold statement obscures the fact that American space (or SPACE) has meant wildly different things to its diverse inhabitants.  This course explores the multiple meanings of North America’s wild areas to its early American denizens by studying the fictional and...

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American Novel 1 (Emerson College)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Course Description

In this course, we will study novels published in the United States between the American Revolution and the Civil War.  Our task will be to explore what these novels have to say about the new nation and its democratic experiment, as well as what they have to say about the ascendant literary form of the novel.  Our authors come from a range of social classes (from elite men to formerly enslaved people), and their texts discuss themes of race, class, and gender in the early American republic.  Thus our task will be to study these...

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Literary Studies for English Majors (Rowan University)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

Course Description

Literary Studies for English Majors introduces you to the three literary genres (fiction, poetry, and drama), as well as four major movements in literary theory (New Criticism, Marxism, Feminism, and African American Theory).  It models how you might apply the lenses of literary theory to produce different interpretations of a literary text.  It also enables you to put these interpretations into writing by showing you how to construct an academic essay based in the techniques of...

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U.S. Literature to Realism (Rowan University)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

Course Description

This course introduces you to texts written in the Americas from the time of European settlement to the Civil War (roughly 1500-1865).  It is the first part of our year-long survey of American literature, required for all English majors.  In this course, we will study a wide range of genres, including fiction (novels and short stories), non-fiction (letters, sermons, memoirs, essays), and poetry.  Our focus will be on major authors, important literary and artistic movements, and the historical contexts in...

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U.S. Literature 2 (Rowan University)

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2014

Course Description

 

In this course, we will study American literature from the Civil War to the present.  The period covered by this course includes three major movements in American literature: realism, modernism, and post-modernism.  We will study the historical forces that gave rise to these movements, and we will examine examples from each.  Our readings will highlight the broad themes that defined each movement, while our examples will allow us to see how these larger themes manifested in...

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Bad Romance (Duke University)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013


Course Description

No one compares –
You stand alone, to every record I own
I, I love you like a love song, baby. 
- Selena Gomez and the Scene
 

In the nineteenth century, Nathaniel Hawthorne, famed author of the Scarlet Letter, described romance writers as a “damned mob of scribbling women.”  In a strange echo, Stephen King has recently said about Twilight author Stephanie Meyer that “she can’t write worth a darn.”  From...

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