English 374 Survey of American Literature

The course is a survey of American literature from 1620 to the present. The course starts with readings from Native American literature and  then an emphasis on the major American writers’ writings. A novel is studied representative of  the realistic literary period  whose master is Mark Twain.

Course objectives: 
Students should be able to:
1- Identify the major figures and major works of American literature.
2-  Identify and explain the defining characteristics of American literary works.
  3- Provide meaningful analysis of the discussed literary works.
   4- Demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual  and social contexts of 
           the literary works.

Course Materials