Course Schedule
(Subject to Change As Necessary)

See My Heritage Coursework menu for all due dates (subject to change as needed):

Week 1
ntroduction to course and MyHeritage.
American Literature 1865-1914, Introduction and Timeline.

Week 2
Realism and Naturalism.
Zitkala Sa: Selections from Impressions of an Indian Childhood (1900)
American Literature 1914-1945, Introduction and Timeline.
Willa Cather: "Neighbor Rosicky"

American Literature between the Wars 1914-1945-Modernism

Week 3
Review the introduction to the Harlem Renaissance (1910s - 1935)
Langston Hughes: From The Negro and the Racial Mountain (in Modernist Manifestoes)
Langston Hughest: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "Mother to Son," "Song for a Dark Girl," and "I, Too"
Zora Neale Hurston: "How It Feels to be Colored Me," English Language Arts majors should read or view Their Eyes Were Watching God

Week 4
Review the introductory section to the rest of this period (1914-45).
T. S. Eliot: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "The Hollow Men"
F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Babylon Revisited," English Language Arts majors should read or view DVD of The Great Gatsby (the one w/Robert Redford)

Week 5
Wallace Stevens: "The Snow Man," "Sunday Morning," "Anecdote of the Jar," "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," "The Idea of Order at Key West," "Of Modern Poetry"
John Steinbeck: "The Chrysanthemums"; English Language Arts majors should read or view DVD Of Mice and Men (w/Gary Sinese, John Malkovitch)

Week 6
Robert Frost: All in text esp. "Mending Wall," "After Apple-Picking," "The Road Not Taken," "Birches," "Fire and Ice," "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening"
William Faulkner: "A Rose for Emily," "Barn Burning"/Barn Burning (read and/or view DVD w/Tommy Lee Jones)
Richard Wright: "The Boy Who Was Almost a Man,"/Almos' a Man (read or view DVD w/Levar Burton)

American Literature since 1945: Post Modernism

Week 7
e. e. cummings: All poems in text
Ernest Hemingway: "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"; English Language Arts majors should read The Old Man and the Sea (or view DVD w/Spencer Tracy OR w/Anthony Quinn)

Week 8
Midterm Exam 3/12

(Spring Break, March 13-17)

Week 9
Read introductory section to the period 1945 to Present.
Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man, Ch. 1 [Battle Royal]
Tennessee Williams: Read and/or view A Streetcar Named Desire (read in text or view DVD)

Week 10
English Language Arts majors should read/view Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird. Recommend grad students should also read Go Set A Watchman
Maya Angelou: All selections on MyHeritage
Gwendolyn Brooks: All selections in text

Week 11
Critical paper due 4/9

Week 12
Recommended for English Language Arts majors: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey, 1962 (book and/or DVD w/Jack Nicholson)
John Barth: "Lost in the Funhouse" (PDF on MyHeritage)
Allen Ginsberg: All selections in text.
Theodore Roethke: All selections in text.

Week 13
Raymond Carver: "Cathedral"
Ursula K. Le Guin: "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" (PDF on MyHeritage)
English Language Arts majors should read or view Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut, 1969 (book and/or DVD w/Michael Sacks)

Week 14
Toni Morrison "Recitatif"
Alice Walker, "Everyday Use"; English Language Arts majors should view or read The Color Purple.
Sandra Cisneros: "Woman Hollering Creek." (English Language Arts students will read The House on Mango Street in Young Adult Lit.)

Week 15
Bob Dylan: Selected Lyrics from Dylan's official website
Art Spiegelman, From Maus
Sherman Alexie: All selections; English Language Arts majors should read The Lone Ranger and Tonto . . . and/or view Smoke Signals DVD

Week 16
Final Exam 5/12
Course Evaluation

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