||Meets MnTC Goal Areas 6 and 7. This course introduces the broad spectrum of American literature and the various contexts that shaped it. Readings include major works from the Civil War to the present.
- Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of American literature.
- Understand these works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
- Respond critically to the literature studied via discussion and papers.
- Become familiar with backgrounds of authors whose works are studied.
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of authors whose works are studied.
- Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
- Assimilate literary terms and concepts necessary for study of various genres.
- Understand how the various groups in the U.S. have had an impact on the development of its literature.
- Demonstrate awareness of how unequal power relations between groups in the past have been reflected in U.S. literature.
- Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts, and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry within the context of the literature studied.
- Describe and discuss how the writers studied have contributed to American culture and society, especially those writers who have suffered discrimination.
- Students will become familiar with the pertinent historical context for the evolution of American writing.
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