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Course Description

This course is the second in a sequence of courses in American literature for the English major. The course will focus on American literary history from 1865 to the present. Emphasis is on the relationship between literature and culture during certain historical periods from the post-Civil War period through the present and includes an introduction to realism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism in American literature. The course continues to emphasize different critical approaches to texts and to hone research skills learned in ENG-122 and ENG-220. 

Update to schedule

Hello scholars,

I've moved Faulkner's "Barn Burning" to after spring break; tomorrow (3/10) we'll finish "The Waste Land," enjoy a presentation on the Southern Literary Renaissance, and talk research papers. See you then.

Dr. Aiken

Readings for Thursday 3/3

Dear scholars,

Here are the poems you're to have read for Thursday's class. Don't forget that your essays for Test II are also due to by class time!

Robert Frost: "Fire and Ice," "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and "Desert Places"

William Carlos Williams: "Danse Russe," "The Red Wheelbarrow," "This Is Just to Say"

Ezra Pound: "In a Station of the Metro"

Claude McKay: "The Lynching," "Outcast"

e.e.cummings: "[you shall above all things be glad and young.]," and ["i thank You God for most this amazing"}

Class 1/26

Dear scholars,

The articles we read in class today are "Say It Ain't So, Huck" by Jane Smiley and "Huck, Jim, and American Racial Discourse" by David Smith. Both are available electronically via Cannon Memorial Library.

Dr. Aiken


Dear scholars, 


Welcome to English 330, Foundations of American Literature II! Our LibGuides page will serve as our virtual homebase. Announcements, updates, documents, and resources will be posted to this page. I'll be updating and fine-tuning this page throughout the semester, so check back in frequently (that includes updates to the Daily Schedule!). I'm looking forward to a fun and productive semester! 


Dr. Aiken

Reading update for 4/5 class

Hello scholars,

In the midst of your JOE preps, we still need to move ahead with our reading list. For class tomorrow, please read Zora Neale Hurston's "Spunk." The Daily Schedule has been updated accordingly. 

Happy studying!

Dr. Aiken

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