AL 2010: American Literature II


Explores the emergence of modern American literature from the latter half of the 19th century through the social challenges experienced in the 20th century and into the postmodern era that ushered in the 21st century.


  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and rhetorical analysis skills through literature critiques.
  2. Explain cultural, historical, and philosophical forces that impact American literary texts.
  3. Examine allusion, figurative language, and other rhetorical devices used in American literature.
  4. Analyze theme in a variety of American literary contexts.
  5. Analyze rhetorical elements of American literature in themes related to universal human concerns and other provocative subjects.
  6. Examine the cultural and philosophical foundations in American literary history.
  7. Analyze scholarly research in support of a thesis related to American literature.
  8. Apply library research skills and information literacy through American literature critiques.


  1. EH 1020


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