Welcome to American Literature II
Spring 2009

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Catalog Description: This survey course covers selected works in American literature from Civil War and Reconstruction to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected works in Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, and the later 20th Century. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.

Instructor: Steve Reynolds

Course Outcomes: A student who completes this course should be able to:

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Reading List: If you would like to get a jump start on the reading for this class over the winter break, you can pick and choose from the list of authors and titles below. Don't feel compelled to read everything over the break! I recommend reading the longer works, especially the novel by Kate Chopin and the plays by Eugene O'Neill and August Wilson.

Authors (listed alphabetically)
Albee, Edward The Zoo Story (a short play)
Anzaldúa, Gloria Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (excerpt)
Baldwin, James “Sonny's Blues”
Bierce, Ambrose “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
Cable, George Washington “Belles Demoiselles Plantation”
Cather, Willa “A Wagner Matinée”
Chopin, Kate The Awakening (the whole novel)
Crane, Stephen “The Open Boat”
Cullen, Countée poems TBA
cummings, e. e. poems TBA
Dreiser, Theodore “Free”
Eliot, T. S. poems TBA
Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man (excerpt)
Faulkner, William “That Evening Sun”
Fitzgerald, F. Scott “Winter Dreams”
Frost, Robert poems TBA
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins "" “The Yellow Wallpaper—
Ginsberg, Allen poems TBA
Harris, Joel Chandler “Free Joe and the Rest of the World”; “How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox”
Harte, Brett “Tennesee's Partner”
Hemingway, Ernest “Big Two-Hearted River”
Howells, William Dean “Editha"
Hughes, Langston poems TBA
Hurston, Zora Neal “The Gilded Six Bits”; “How it Feels to Be Colored Me”
James, Henry “The Real Thing”; “The Beast in the Jungle”
Kingston, Maxine Hong “No Name Woman”
London, Jack “The Law of Life”; “To Build a Fire”
Momaday, N. Scott “The Arrowmaker”
Morrison, Toni Beloved (excerpt)
Norris, Frank “A Deal in Wheat”
O'Neill, Eugene The Hairy Ape (the whole play)
Plath, Sylvia poems TBA
Pound, Ezra poems TBA
Rivera, Tomàs “. . . And the Earth Did Not Part”
Silko, Leslie Marmon “The Man to Send Rain Clouds”; “Coyote Holds a Full House in His Hands”
Stein, Gertrude “The Gentle Lena”; “A Movie”; “Picasso”
Steinbeck, John The Long Valley (excerpts)
Stevens, Wallace poems TBA
Tan, Amy The Joy Luck Club (excerpt)
Toomer, Jean “Blood Burning Moon”; poems TBA
Twain, Mark “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”; “Story of the Bad Little Boy”; Old Times on the Mississippi (excerpt) ; “My First Lie, and How I Got Out of It”; Letters from Earth (excerpt)
Vonnegut, Kurt “Welcome to the Monkey House”
Wharton, Edith “The Other Two”
Williams, William Carlos poems TBA
Wilson, August Fences (the whole play)