English 30A/230AIntroduction to American Literaturehttp://introamericanliterature.blogspot.com/
COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION Survey of American literature from pre-colonial beginnings to Walt Whitman (30A). American romanticism to literature of the twentieth century (30B).
Students will be able to: – Understand and evaluate various genre – Think critically about what he/she reads, hears, and believes. – Respond and communicate intellectual and emotional perceptions clearly and effectively in written and oral discussions
ASSIGNMENTS: 6 hours/week. (List all assignments, including library assignments. Requires two (2) hours of independent work outside of class for each unit/weekly lecture hour. Outside assignments are not required for lab-only courses, although they can be given.)Out-of-class Assignments:1. Readings in primary and secondary materials.2. Writing in journals based on readings.3. Writing of essays based on reading and lecture materials
ASSIGNMENTS ARE: (Check one. Seedefinition of college level):[X]Primarily college level[ ]NOT primarily college level
STUDENT ASSESSMENT: (Grades are based on): (Check as many boxes as are applicable. Note: For degree credit, AT LEAST ONE of the first three boxes must be checked. If "ESSAY" is not checked, please explain why here.) [X] ESSAY (Includes "blue book" exams and any written assignment of sufficient length and complexity to require students to select and organize ideas, to explain and support the ideas, and to demonstrate critical thinking skills.)
Assigned readings from among, but not limited to, the following authors: William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, Phillis Wheatley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickenson, Frederick Douglass, Stephen Crane, Henry James, and Kate Chopin.
TENTATIVE READING SCHEDULE, FIRST UNIT Thursday, Aug 23:Garci Rodriguez Ordonez de Montalvo, “The Queen of California”Alvar Nunez Cabaeza de Vaca, selections from The Relation of Alvar Nunez Cabaeza de Vaca Tuesday, August 28:John Smith, selections from The General History of VirginiaPhillis Wheatley, selected poems Thursday, August 30:Mary Rowlandson, selections from A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson Tuesday, Sept 4The Life and Confession of Johnson GreenConfession of John JoyceOlaudah Equiano, selections from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Thursday, Sept 6Olaudah Equiano, selections from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano