Studies movements (Transcendentalism, Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, etc.); genres (poetry, fiction, drama, essay); historical periods (American Renaissance, the '20s, etc.); and investigates the literature of ethnic, political, and/or regional groups. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
In this course, students will learn about the genres, histories and movements of American life writing. The class will examine genres that narrate people's lives, including memoir, travel writing and personal essays, among others. Primarily, the class will examine books written during the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention will be given to the literary movements of realism, naturalism, modernism, and postwar developments. To understand these contexts, students will also consider how the texts speak to matters of class, culture, ethnicity and gender. For additional information, contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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