Jeremy C. Justus, American Literary Traditions 2, Spring 2016

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.
-Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
-Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury.
-An electronic storage device, such as a USB drive, or a cloud storage account, such as DropBox (recommended)
-A writing handbook such as the MLA Guide (highly recommended)

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