ENGL 200 - American Thought and Literature: Beginnings - 1865
3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [ENGL 100 or ENGL 101 ]
A survey of American literature from the colonial period through the Civil War, with attention to representative cultural perspectives and intellectual movements.
OFFERED: fall semesters
Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1: Students will interpret literature on the basis of textual evidence.
Goal 2: Students will analyze primary literary texts (American fiction, essays, poetry, and drama from colonial times to 1865) through discussion and writing.
- Demonstrate awareness of the major recurrent patterns, themes, and concerns within and across literary works.
- Describe the function and value of standard literary elements and devices within literary works.
- Identify relationships between the literature studied and the lives of the writers.
Goal 3: Students will connect literary texts to the historical/cultural trends and values of their eras.
- Define and describe the distinguishing characteristics of significant literary periods and movements of American literature from colonial times to 1865.
- Examine the historical, social, cultural, and creative contexts that influence the writing of literature from period to period, viewing literature as one aspect of a total pattern rather than an isolated discipline.
Goal 4: Students will synthesize their understanding of primary texts and secondary texts by literary and social critics.
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