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    ENG 242LEC - American Writers 2
    American Writers 2 ST1 Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   23261   Enrollment Capacity:   30
    Section:   ST1   Enrollment Total:   19
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   11
    Dates:   01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   M W F , 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
    Room:   Park 145 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
      Course Description
    Literature of the United States, from Reconstruction to the present. For example: Prof. R. Daly, The American Novel Why read literature? What's in it for us? How does it contribute to our ability to survive and thrive in the larger world that includes literature, but is not limited to it? This course will explore 20th- and 21st-century American literature, particularly novels and short stories, by Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Pynchon, and Toni Morrison, among others. We shall explore how to read literature and life in detail and in context. For example: Prof. N. Schmitz, Lost Cause Narratives This course begins with lost cause narratives in modern American literature. Our first lost cause is Confederate and we have to go to Mississippi to find its classic utterance. What is the Confederate South? Does it still exist? The Outlaw Josie Wales is a masterpiece of post-Confederate lost cause narrative. We go twice to Wounded Knee in this course: the last glimmer of Lakota resistance is extinguished at this site. Its principal leaders, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, are both assassinated while in captivity. What relation does lost cause narrative have to captivity narrative? Next we read redemptive narratives from African American literature: Martin Luther King gives a black Southern Baptist version of our national anthem, My country tis of thee, and Toni Morrison's Beloved understands its tribute. We end on the upbeat with the jolt and jive of Spike Lee's brilliant Do The Right Thing. For example: N. Mugavero, The Purpose of Literature This course will explore authors from the Realists to the Modernists, to the Postmodernists to the (always) unnameable present, reading poetry, novels, short stories and criticism, always with an eye toward deciphering not only the meaning of this thing we call literature, but also bearing in mind the historical and sociocultural factors that carry literature from the past to the present and into the future. We will attempt to unearth from this vast period of literary innovation what exactly literature has to say about the world as it once was, as it is now, and even perhaps, how it might be. In addition to the big picture, we will cover a number of more specific themes at work in the various texts we will be looking at throughout the semester such as gender, race, sexuality, femininity, masculinity, tragedy, comedy, and irony, all of which works in this period are trying to understand, rethink, and in some cases transcend.
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