Description: We will survey major works of American literature from colonial times to the present. We will read each of our texts in reference to its historical context, and we will define our highlighted contexts on the bases of Puritan (17th century), Enlightenment (18th century), Emersonian (19th century), and Modernist (20th century) thought. However, we will examine some of our selections, particularly those authored by women and people of color, as reconfigurations or confrontations with the ideals contained within these highlighted contexts.
E 316K or equivalent is required for all degree plans at UT Austin.
Texas Common Number: ENGL 2326.
Official UT Course Description: Three versions: World, British, American. Introduction to masterpieces of the literary tradition, emphasizing historical, generic, thematic connections. Only one of the following may be counted: Comparative Literature 315, English 603B, 316K, Tutorial Course 603B. Only one version of E 316K may be taken for credit.
Prerequisites: English 603A Rhetoric and Writing 306, 306Q, or Tutorial Course 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test; or consent of University Extension.