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American Literature II from the Civil War to the Present

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 222

       Course Name: American Literature II from the Civil War to the Present

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

EGL 101 or placement into 101

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course traces the development of American literature by focusing on major writers from 1865 through 20th century. Content includes social, cultural, historical, and literary influences, as well as terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

A. Identify some of the major works and periods of American literature from the Civil War
     to the Present.
B. Define the distinctive characteristics of various genres (e.g. poetry, non-fiction essay, 
     fiction, drama) from the Civil War to the Present. 
C. Explain the complexities of race, gender, region, nationality, and class in the American
         literary tradition from the Civil War to the Present.
D. Delineate the social, intellectual, and historical influences specific to the development of American literary traditions from the Civil War to the Present. 
E. Interpret the formal elements of these works using appropriate terminology, such as:   
    speaker, metaphor, symbolism, irony, tone, meter, rhyme, simile, personification, etc. 
F. Analyze works in the context of their literary, cultural, and historical backgrounds.
G. Synthesize knowledge of genre, formal elements, and background material.
H. Incorporate secondary sources in the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Week 1 5:  1865 1914

    Selections may include works of Dickinson, Lanier, Moody, Dunbar, Jewett, Garland, Twain, Howells, Crane, Norris, Dreiser, DuBois, Johnson, Cather, Wharton, Chopin, Freeman, James.

    Week 6 10:  1914 1945

    Selections may include works of Robinson, Frost, Sandburg, Lindsay, Stevens, Williams, Pound, Jeffers, Moore, Eliot, Cummings, Crane, Tate, Cullen, Porter, Toomer, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, Wolfe, Steinbeck, Wright, Mencken, Odets, Roth, Hellman

    Week 11 16:  1945 Present

    Selections may include works of Roethke, Shapiro, Brooks, Lowell, Ferlinghetti, Wilbur, Dickey, Snodgrass, Ginsburg, Plath, Sexton, Rich, Olsen, Jones, (Baraka) Kerouac, Podhoretz, Baldwin, King, Jr., Malcom X, Cleaver, Ellison, Welty, Malamud, Roth, McCullers, O'Connor, Barth, Barthelme, Updike, Oates, Morrison, Walker, Tyler, Albee, O'Neil, Williams, Hansberry, Mamet, Shepherd, Cheever, Erdrich.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will be conducted through lectures, discussion, readings, and the supplementary use of other appropriate media such as films, records, etc.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing, oral presentations, and testing.  A minimum of three critical essays of at least 750 words each.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The instructor will choose readings or an anthology of American literature; for a more detailed selection, please see the full course outline.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods include grading of student essays, quizzes, hour exams and final exams, oral reports, and class participation.

Required written work:

A minimum of three critical essays of at least 750 words each, written outside of class.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance policy

For whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the student accountable.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.