Jeremy C. Justus, American Literary Traditions 2, Spring 2013

Course Description:

An introductory course that draws on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to explore the characteristic features and shared concerns that shaped the emergence of American literature into international prominence. Begins with the emergence of realism in post-Civil War industrial America, moves through the literature of two world wars and the economic and social revolutions of the 20th century, and closes with the defining concerns of the contemporary era.

Required Texts:

-Baym, Nina, general editor, The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 7th edition, Shorter Version.
-Diaz, Junot. The Brief And Wonderous Life Of Oscar Wao. Whatever copy you find most affordable / desirable.
-Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five. Same as above.
-A writing handbook such as the MLA Guide

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