An advanced course in American literature, this course is a requirement for upper-division English majors and an elective for students seeking to broaden their liberal arts educations. It focuses on specific historical, literary, and cultural topics in twentieth century American literature. The emphasis on literary texts is balanced with attention to secondary sources and literary scholarship. The course also includes perfecting methods of literary analysis, instruction on writing about literature, and challenging writing assignments. Topics vary depending upon the instructor, but may include war and peace, political and economic change, ethnicity and gender, marginalization, canonical and extra-canonical texts, and modernism and postmodernism.
Prerequisites: ENGL 225 or permission of instructor.