Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 PM


Professor: Lupe Linares

This course will be a (mostly) chronological survey of American authors and literary movements from 1860 to present. We will read from a variety of genres, including poetry, short story, drama, essay, and novels. Our texts will cover a range of literary and historical moments, including literary responses to the Civil War, works of realism and naturalism that resulted from the late 19th century’s rapid social change, and texts from the modern and postmodern eras that followed. We will study the diverse voices that make up American literature and take up the questions such as: How have literary texts defined and redefined “America” and Americans? How have scholars contributed to these definitions? What is the American literary canon and who has shaped it? Who and what experiences have been historically excluded from that canon? How are contemporary readers and scholars reshaping it in the 21st century? How does the intersection of race, gender, and class of the authors affect both the creation and reception of each text?