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ENGL 3131. African American Literature to 1919 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a "C" or better. A study of African American literature from slavery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The course encompasses major and minor writers and considers the literary, cultural, and political significance of their works.

ENGL 3132. African American Literature from 1919 to the present (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a "C" or better. A study of Harlem Renaissance, Modernist, Black Arts Movement, and Contemporary African American literature. The course encompasses major and minor writers and considers the cultural, literary, and political significance of their works.

ENGL 3136. Renaissance Literature in Britain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. Form, style, and content in the major poetry, prose, and non-Shakespearean drama produced during the English Renaissance.

ENGL 3137. Restoration and 18th-Century Literature in Britain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. Form, style, and content in the major poetry, prose, and drama produced during the neoclassical period in England, 1660-1800.

ENGL 3138. Romantic Literature in Britain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. Styles and literary theories of the major writers of the Romantic movement and the major precursors of English Romanticism.

ENGL 3139. Romantic and Victorian Literature in Britain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. Form, style, and content of major writers of the British Romantic and Victorian periods. The course begins with the first generation of Romantic writers and ends with the advent of modernism.

ENGL 3140. Modern Literature in Britain (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. Form, style, and content in the major poetry, prose, and drama of the modern period in British literature, 1890-1945.

ENGL 3145. Early American Literature (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. Students in this course will study texts drawn from the beginnings of the American literary tradition through the Realist period of the latter half of the nineteenth century. Assigned readings will include works of both canonical and non-canonical writers. Students will consider the selected works within multiple historical, social, and literary contexts.

ENGL 3146. American Renaissance (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will examine American literature from 1800-1865, a period in which writers were concerned largely with social reform and with creating a distinctly American literature. Course readings will include essays, poems, novels, short stories, and autobiographical writings by Anglo, Hispanic, African, and Native American men and women. Students will consider these writings within multiple social and literary contexts, including manifest destiny and Native America; the women.

ENGL 3147. American Realism and Naturalism (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. With the historical bookends of two tragic wars (Civil War and WWI), the literary movements of realism and naturalism responded to and reflected the rapid changes in American culture, including reconstruction and industrialism. In this course students will learn to describe the shift in American literature away from Romantic ideas and aesthetics to Realism and Naturalism. We will explore the development of the short story and the maturation of the realistic and naturalistic novels during this period, including a consideration of regionalism and the local color movement. This course will include the works of both canonical and marginalized writers.

ENGL 3148. American Naturalism and Modernism (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. From the late nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War, American literature and culture underwent a series of rapid changes. Technological advances, the fight for minority rights, urbanization, immigration, and war dramatically reshaped American life and the way Americans wrote about it. In this class, students will examine this period's aesthetics and ideas, a period which cast an unsentimental eye at the natural forces that dictate human life (Naturalism) and discovered new forms and perspectives to describe the human experience (Modernism). This course will explore the works of both canonical and marginalized authors from this time as well as the social and historical context they were shaped by.

ENGL 3149. Contemporary American Literature (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. The purpose of this course is to gain a valuable understanding of American literature between 1950 and the present. The course examines all of the major literary genres (poems, short stories, plays, and novels) and looks at a wide range of the aesthetic, cultural, and political issues that emerged during the period. In addition, students of this class will study the various literary forms and approaches of the last sixty years (such as New Criticism, confessional poetry, postmodernism, and post-colonialism), learning not only what the principles of these forms and approaches are but how they influenced one another. Students will also examine the ways in which literature was affected by the historical and cultural events of this period (such as the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and Feminism) as well as those events that preceded this period (the Depression, World War II).