Feb 21, 2018
LIT 212 - Literature of the American South
The literature of the American South has a distinct and rich tradition. The focus of the course will be on the South as a diverse cultural place where race, religion, class, family, gender, sexuality, and language have shaped how writers see and construct the world. We will examine the attitudes, assumptions, and values that have traditionally informed Southern literature and will also look at texts that challenge those ideas. We will read texts written from the nineteenth century to the present including those of writers such as Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Carson McCullers, Walker Percy, Alice Walker, Lee Smith, Cormac McCarthy, and others.
Prerequisite: ENG 110 College Writing I
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Discuss with peers their ideas about the meanings of a literary work.
2. Apply techniques of close reading to help unravel difficult passages.
3. Research and discuss the historical and cultural contexts of an author's life and work.
4. Write clearly and persuasively about their interpretation of a literary work.
5. Appropriately apply the conventions of literary criticism, such as literary terms and critical approaches.
6. Show in class discussions as well as written work that they can persuasively relate one literary work to another, and/or to the culture from which it emerged.
7. Locate and cite reference and/or critical sources.
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