A survey of representative U.S. authors from the 18th century to the present designed for both majors and non-majors.
ENGL 260: What is American Literature?
Instructor: Sólveig ÁstaSigurdardottir
English Department Areas of Specialization:
Literature & Literary History
Culture & Social Change
English 260 is a survey of representative U.S. authors from the 18th century to the present designed for both majors and non-majors. In this course, we will work with a wide variety of materials, such as Herman Melville’s Typee, Nella Larsen’s Quicksand, William Faulkner’ Absalom, Absalom!, Toni Morrison’ Beloved and other texts.
Examining the question posed in the course title, we will critically engage with how American literature is conditioned by the history of occupation and colonialism, the philosophy and aesthetics of the Enlightenment, the expansion of capitalism and slavery, and the technological development of print media. Together, we will hone the skills of literary analysis through close reading and cultivate a notion of reading and writing as an ongoing process of revision and collaboration.
This course is approved for D1 Fall 2019