American Literature, Semester B

  • Date created

    June 30, 2020

  • Last updated

    July 11, 2020

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Course Overview

American Literature is the study of the creation and analysis of literature written in the English
language. In American Literature B you will study a variety of techniques to improve your reading
comprehension and writing skills. The instruction covers many types of writing: creative,
descriptive, and narrative. In American Literature B, you will read and analyze a variety of literary
genres with an emphasis on modern American literature and literary movements. You
will also complete writing activities to evaluate various literary works in regard to literary
techniques, form, and theme.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
Evaluate how changes in early twentieth-century American society influenced the forms and
themes of modernist literature.
Explore forms and themes of modernist poetry.
Analyze characteristics of imagist poetry.
Evaluate the emergence and cultural significance of the Harlem Renaissance movement
and explore its literature.
Identify and analyze elements and conventions of modern American drama.
Compare and contrast the presentation of a theme or topic across genres to explain how
genre shapes a message.
Evaluate the use of motifs and other literary techniques in postmodernism.
Examine the emergence and characteristics of Beat poetry.
Analyze the civil rights movement and its influence on American literature.
Compare and contrast how a theme or topic is presented in literature from different time periods.
Explore the development of an “American language,” and evaluate the purpose of code-switching in various settings.
Evaluate texts that represent the diversity of American culture.


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