AML 2070 – Survey of American Literature

General Education Credit: Humanities
College Credit: 3

About The Course

This course provides an overview of American literature from pre-colonization to the present. It takes a historical approach that positions the literature in relationship to a socio-historical framework, aiming to examine not only the texts themselves but the circumstances from which they arise.

Course Goals

  • To provide a broad introduction to the development of a uniquely American body of literature, placing that development within its historical contexts.
  • To develop critical thinking about ideals of identity and difference, as well as about the inclusion or exclusion of texts from the mainstream category “literature.”
  • To increase understanding of the nature of a “national literature” and its role in the sociopolitical environment of the nation.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: English
High School Credit: 0.5