LITR 221 AMU week 1 American Literature from Civil War to Present assistance is available on Domyclass.
Welcome to your first week studying American literature since the Civil War. As you selected a literature class, you may have asked yourself what makes American literature different? What distinguishes it from the literature of other countries? This week we will begin to answer these questions in detail by looking at works from several authors who address personal identity, national identity, and even their place in the greater scheme of things. A broad perspective is necessary because America is fairly unique. What defines an American is not necessarily a birth certificate, a location, or any other one factor. Consider how you define America and your own role.
Students will be able to:
- Develop a foundational understanding of the components that make American literature unique
- Explore how authors identify themselves as authors, Americans, and citizens
- Discuss how you relate to the authors who are expressing aspects of American identity
In this lesson, we will discuss:
- American identity as expressed by poets of the post Civil War period
- Reader Response as a critical school
- Poetry resources online
Consider what each author is trying to accomplish. Authors have the ability and opportunity to speak freely, and in so doing, they give a voice to others.
The following activities and assessments need to be completed this week:
- Reading and Viewing- read Whitman and Dickinson works, related readings & lesson content. View videos found in Readings and Resources
- Week 1 Forum topics – Introduce Yourself and discuss American Identity