SRJC Course Outlines

6/24/2024 5:16:22 AMENGL 30.2 Course Outline as of Fall 2003

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 30.2Title:  AMER LIT:1865-PRESENT  
Full Title:  American Literature from 1865 to the Present
Last Reviewed:2/6/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ENGL 30B

Catalog Description:
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Significant writers and their works from 1865 to present, including both a thematic and a historical approach to the literature of the period.

ENGL 1A or higher English Course.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Significant writers & their works from 1865 to the present.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:ENGL 1A or higher English Course.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1982
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1982Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1982Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: ENGL 135 Survey of American Literature 2 SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ENGL30.2

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, from a prescribed selection of American
literature relevant to the period 1865 to present and from critical
studies, students will be able to:
1. Analyze and critique assigned texts.
2. Recognize and define the evolutionary stages of and the variety of
  forms used in the development of American literature.
3. Identify major themes in the period as a whole.
4. Evaluate and classify various themes relating to the time period and
5. Recognize and interpret the variety of forms (novels, short stories,
  poetry, plays, letters, sermons, and oral histories) in which American
  literature exists.
6. Define and apply the different modes of argumentation and
  interpretation, e.g., biographical, historical, psychological.

Topics and Scope
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Reading and examination of major works of American literature from
1865 to present.
I. The Literature of an Expanding Nation 1865 to 1912
  A. The New Immigrants
     1. Emma Lazarus
     2. Abraham Cahan
     3. Lee Chew
     4. Anzia Yezierska
  B. Native American Assimilation and a Reemerging Tradition
     1. Seattle
     2. Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins
  C. Major Figures
     1. Mark Twain
     2. William Dean Howells
     3. Henry Adams
     4. Henry James
     5. Ambrose Bierce
     6. Stephen Crane
     7. Theodore Dreiser
     8. Jack London
     9. Edward Arlington Robinson
  D. Oral Traditions
     1. Franz Boas
     2. Harriet Beecher Stowe
     3. Cherokee Oral Tradition
     4. Zora Neale Hurston
     5. African American Spirituals
     6. W.E.B. DuBois
  E. Emerging Feminine Voices
     1. Sarah Orne Jewett
     2. Kate Chopin
     3. Charlotte Perkins Gilman
     4. Edith Wharton
II. The Literature of a New Century, 1912 to 1945
  A. New World--New Writers
     1. Willa Cather
     2. Sherwood Anderson
     3. Carl Sandburg
     4. Robert Frost
  B. The Great War
     1. Ernest Hemingway
     2. Ezra Pound
  C. Racism/Sexism
     1. Robinson Jeffers
     2. Susan Keating Glaspell
     3. Langston Hughes
     4. Richard Wright
     5. Countee Cullen
  D. American Modernists
     1. Wallace Stevens
     2. William Carlos Williams
     3. H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
     4. Marianne Moore
     5. T.S. Eliot
     6. Edna St.Vincent Millay
     7. e.e. Cummings
  E. Social Criticism & Marxism
     1. Eugene O'Neill
     2. Katherine Anne Porter
     3. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  F. Southern Renaissance
     1. William Faulkner
     2. Thomas Wolfe
     3. John Crowe Ransom
     4. Eudora Welty
     5. Robert Penn Warren
     6. James Agee
     7. Erskine Caldwell
III. The Literature Since Midcentury, 1945 to present
  A. Contemporary Literature
     1. Theodore Roethke
     2. Elizabeth Bishop
     3. Tennessee Williams
     4. Robert Hayden
     5. Tillie Olson
     6. Ralph Ellison
     7. Randall Jarrell
     8. Robert Lowell
     9. Gwendolyn Brooks
    10. Richard Wilbur
    11. Denise Levertov
    12. Norman Mailer
    13. James Baldwin
    14. Flannery O'Connor
    15. Allen Ginsberg
    16. John Ashbery
    17. James Wright
    18. Philip Levine
    19. Anne Sexton
    20. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    21. Adrienne Rich
  B. The First Postwar Generation
     1. Toni Morrison
     2. John Updike
     3. Sylvia Plath
     4. Philip Roth
     5. Audre Lorde
     6. Joyce Carol Oates
     7. Raymond Carver
  C. The Second Postwar Generation and Vietnam
     1. Bobbie Ann Mason
     2. Alice Walker
     3. N. Scott Momaday
     4. Mary Oliver
     5. Maxine Hong Kingston
     6. Tim O'Brien
     7. Leslie Marmon Silko
     8. Rita Dove
     9. Alberto Rios
    10. Sandra Cisneros
    11. Louise Erdrich
    12. Cathy Song
    13. Tony Kushner
    14. Jamaica Kincaid
    15. Li-Young Lee
Note: This list is in no way complete. No list of this kind could be.
Instructors may choose some of these writers, but should feel free to
supplement as necessary to the theme of the course.

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Assignments may include:
1. Reading and examination of major works of American literature
  from 1865 to the present.
2. Reading and examination of works or selections of "diverse" literature
  representing the experience of minorities in America from 1865 to
  the present.
3. Reading and examination of critical essays concerning both individual
  works and authors in the period from 1865 to present.
4. Writing detailed summaries.
5. Writing in reading-response journals.
6. Composing short critical response papers of 500 to 1,000 words.
7. Term papers including extensive library research with complete and
  correct MLA documentation.
8. Short library research assignments.
9. Personal response papers in reaction to readings, videos, lectures,
  plays, and performances.
10.Group or individual presentations about particular works, authors,
  schools of criticism, time periods, or literary styles.
11.Readings of varying lengths, including poetry, short stories, plays,
  novels, and literary criticism.
12.Viewing videos outside the classroom setting.
13.Essay examinations.
14.Objective examinations and quizzes.
15.Field trips to see plays, poetry readings, music or dance performances.
16.Participation in class discussions.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
50 - 80%
Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers, Structured reading-response journals
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 10%
Library research
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Essay exams.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Group presentations, class participation, and attendance.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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   Ed., W. W., Norton, 1998.
   Barbara Perkins, McGraw Hill, 1999.
   Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

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