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ENG 232 - American Literature II  

This course covers selected works in American literature from 1865 to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama
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A Jury of Her Peers - Elaine Showalter
ISBN: 9781400041237
Publication Date: 2009-02-24
A Jury of Her Peers is an unprecedented literary landmark: the first comprehensive history of American women writers from 1650 to 2000. In a narrative of immense scope and fascination, brimming with Elaine Showalter's characteristic wit and incisive opinions we are introduced to more than 250 female writers. These include not only famous and expected names (Harriet Beecher Stowe, Willa Cather, Dorothy Parker, Flannery O'Connor, Gwendolyn Brooks, Grace Paley, Toni Morrison, and Jodi Picoult among them), but also many who were once successful and acclaimed yet now are little known. Whether or not readers agree with the book's roster of writers, A Jury of Her Peers is an irresistible invitation to join the debate, to discover long-lost great writers, and to return to familiar titles with a deeper appreciation. It is a monumental work that will greatly enrich our understanding of American literary history and culture.

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The Cambridge History of African American Literature - Maryemma Graham (Editor); Jerry Washington Ward
ISBN: 9780521872171
Publication Date: 2011-02-03
The first major twenty-first century history of four hundred years of black writing, The Cambridge History of African American Literature presents a comprehensive overview of the literary traditions, oral and print, of African-descended peoples in the United States. Expert contributors, drawn from the United States and beyond, emphasize the dual nature of each text discussed as a work of art created by an individual and as a response to unfolding events in American cultural, political, and social history.

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Literature of the American South - William L. Andrews (General Editor); Minrose C. Gwin (Editor); Fred Hobson (Editor); Trudier Harris (Editor)
ISBN: 0393316718
Publication Date: 1997-10-17
The Literature of the American South reconsiders southern writing from its seventeenth-century origins to its flourishing present. Featuring the works of eighty-seven classic, contemporary, and newly recovered writers of all genres-poetry, short fiction, drama, novels, autobiography, criticism, sermons, memoirs,journals, and letters-this groundbreaking anthology sheds new light on the creative power of the southern imagination.

 

American Literature II

The Civil War, and the enormous devastation and loss of life it caused, left the United States morally exhausted at its conclusion. At the same time, the war stimulated innovations that helped the country prosper materially for the next five decades. Rapid transcontinental settlement and changing urban industrial conditions introduced new themes, new forms, new subjects, new characters, new regions, and new authors in the half century following the Civil War and into the present.

This course covers selected works in American literature from 1865 to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.

"Overview: American Literature, 1865–1914." Nortan Anthology Of American Literature. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2012. Web. <http://wwnorton.com/college/english/naal8/section/volC/overview.aspx>

Websites

  • Amercian Literature
    Check out this site to explore short stories, classic literature, essays, and more from American writers.
  • American Studies Links
    Richard Horwitz, Professor of American Studies at the University of Iowa, has compiled this very useful cross-disciplinary list of recommended links in an easy-to-use tabbed format.
  • Crossroads: An American Literature Hypertext Site at the University of Virginia
    This well-established site contains information about and texts by Henry Adams, Charles Brockden Brown, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Wilson, among others.
  • Paul P.Reuben's Perspectives in American Literature Pages
    This site includes extensive bibliographies of American authors as well as study questions about their major works.
  • Poetry Foundation
    The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
    organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
 

Emerson, Whitman, and a New American Literature

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