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This course surveys American literature from colonial beginnings to the Civil War by examining a range of writing by women and men from various cultural, ethnic, and political traditions. Students read a broad selection of works – which may include spiritual autobiographies, travel narratives, slave narratives, poetry, short stories, sermons, political tracts, novels, and essays – to engage in important contemporary debates over slavery, colonialism, changing definitions of race, the emergence of nationalism, and the nature of citizenship.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Reading Literature (RL) Context of Experience: United States (US) Extended Requirement: Not Applicable
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: ENGL 165W or ENGL 170W or permission of department Existing Course: Existing Existing Course Number: ENGL 253 Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 5 Number of Seats: 25
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