This course surveys American literature from the post-Civil War period to the present. The course is divided into three units, each of which focuses upon a specific period in American literary thought and expression. The lessons within each unit are designed to cultivate an approach to reading that regards each text as the writer's attempt to answer - or perhaps better to understand - an urgent question entailed in the intellectual, material, and experiential character of her or his age.
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This course is independent study and is self-paced. Students have five months upon registration in which to complete all coursework. Exams must be taken in a proctored location, with arrangements to be made by the student. Exam proctoring fees vary by site and are not included in the course fees.
Graded Assessments and Learning Modules
4 learning modules
2 exams (taken at approved testing site)
High-speed internet access for watching streaming videos.
Texbook(s) and Materials
McMichael, G. & Leonard, J.S. (2011). Anthology of American Literature, Vol. II (10th ed.). Boston: Longman. ISBN 9780205779369
Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson, any ed.
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, any ed.
Lorrie Moore, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital, any ed.