This class is designed to foster an interaction with literature and composition while developing an awareness of America’s literary heritage and the influence of that literature on American life.
During Part A of this two-part class, students are involved in both formal and informal writing activities, the study of literary techniques and devices, and the reading of a variety of poetry, essays, short stories, and novels particular to the American Experience. Attention has been called to the times, styles, beliefs, ideas and experiences that have shaped the thinking and writing of some of America's major authors. The class covers the writings of the Colonial & Puritan Period, the Revolutionary and Early National Period, and the Romantic and Transcendentalist Periods of literature. Some of the authors we have or will read and discuss are Captain John Smith, William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, Phyllis Wheatly, Benjamin Franklin, James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville.