Jeremy C. Justus, American Literary Traditions 2, Spring 2014

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 Vol. 2. 8th edition, Shorter Version.
• Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. I recommend purchasing the version I officially ordered for the class (available at the campus bookstore), but you are allowed to buy whatever copy you find most affordable / desirable.
• Vonnegut, Kurt. Breakfast of Champions. Same as above

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