This course will approach American literature chronologically, studying authors and works from the first Americans to 20th century innovations. The course has the following general objectives:
- to appreciate the debt current language, culture and literature owe to earlier ages in American history
- to develop an awareness of interrelationships among literature, history, art, scientific development and philosophy
- to challenge students to relate their own experiences and thoughts to American literature
- to lead lead students to cross relate recurring themes and movements in American literature.
The ultimate goals for this class are to expose students to American culture, heritage and history through study of our literature and to continue advancement towards more mature, refined writing skills.