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Contemporary American Fiction (1945 to Present)

ENG 276W

Contemporary American Fiction (1945 to Present)

ENG 276W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 3 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C.

Studies trends, techniques, and themes in recent American novels and short stories. Requires reading, analyzing, and critiquing works of modern writers. Credit may be earned in ENG 276W or LIT 276W, but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.

Objectives:

  • Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  • Identify various literary genres.
  • Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  • Identify the chief characteristics of contemporary literary literature.
  • Identify new genres in the contemporary period.

Participate in writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Demonstrate the use of technology in creating new genres.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.

Objectives:

  • Identify examples of literature in the modern and postmodern periods.
  • Demonstrate how key historical events (World War II, atomic bomb, Cold War, fall of Berlin Wall, technological advancements, 9/11 for example) affected the thoughts of authors.