This library guide contains resources to help support Professor Laura Clouse's AML2010: American Literature to 1865 course.
Study of the literature of America from colonial times through the Civil War era. Students will examine the literary works, ideas, authors, history and intellectual climate of early America. Students will also develop effective reading, writing and analytical skills and a sense of literary taste.
Course Learning Outcomes:
- Identify some of the most significant authors and literary works written or translated into English in America before 1865.
- Identify some of the most significant ideas, philosophies, and philosophers associated with American literature before 1865.
- Identify some of the most significant social, historical, and intellectual climates of the period in which American literature before 1865 was written.
- Recognize major characteristics in American literature including genre, tone, and purpose.
- Write critical MLA-style essays relative to the literature read during the course interpreting, critiquing and critically thinking during close reading of the text assigned.
- Analyze the rhetorical characteristics, purposes, and motivations for non-fiction prose, political speeches, fiction, poetry, and autobiography.
- Analyze the characteristics of a particular literary work.