American Lit. II

I. English 2328 – 11439                                                                                   American Lit. II (Since 1865) TCCD-South  Fall 2008

Instructor: Robert Tinajero    Office: SFOA 1120A


Phone: 817-515-4616

This course offers a study of selected American literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. (Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.  Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 1302.)

Office Hours:  Mon.  11:10-12:10 and 2:00-3:30

Tues.  10:00-12:00

Wed.  11:10-12:10 and 2:00-3:30

Thurs. 10:00-12:00

Fri.      11:10-12:10

Grades:     Exam I                 10%

Exam II                                 15%

Exam III                                 20%

Analytical Essay II                 20%

Final Exam/Project                 20%

Participation                           15%

II. Textbooks and Materials:

The Norton Anthology of American Literature Volumes C (1865-1914), D (1914-1945), and E (1945-Present)

III. Course Goals and Requirements:

The following list of course goals will be addressed in the course.  These goals are directly related to the performance objectives (Addendum A).  (*designates a CRUCIAL goal)

1.            read appropriate literary works

2.            analyze literature

3.            identify literary themes and movements

4.            recognize cultural diversity

5.            examine appropriate historical/contextual influences

6.            conduct applicable literary research

7.            compose appropriate written literary analyses

IV. Instructor’s Policies:


It is very important that you attend each class period in order to participate in discussions, group activities, and in-class assignments.  Repeated absences will adversely affect your grade in the course.  I make no distinctions between excused and unexcused absences, which means limit unnecessary absences.  If you miss class you are responsible for obtaining class notes and assignments from me or fellow students.

Guidelines for Papers and Exams/Quizzes:

All papers must be double-spaced in 12-point font with one-inch margins all the way around.  All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period and are due in class.  Only hard copies (printed out) will be accepted.  E-mailed papers are not accepted.  Late papers will be deducted an entire letter grade (10 points) for each class period they are late.  Students are responsible for assignments regardless of whether they were present when work was assigned.

If students are not present for an exam or quiz (except for final exam) they will be allowed to take exam or quiz outside my office during my office hours but 15 points will be automatically deducted from the exam or quiz.


Do not turn in someone else’s work and remember to cite everything that you get from an outside source.  Plagiarism can lead to failure and/or expulsion from the class.  Citation/Plagiarism/Intellectual property will be discussed during the semester.

V. Weekly Calendar


Weeks 1-2           * A Short Trip Through American History (1865-Present) * Exam I

Week 3-5             * Some Major Themes in American Literature (A General Overview) * Industrialization/Urbanization * Sexuality * War * Women’s Experiences and Rights * Ethnic Diversity * Postmodern Approaches to “American Literature” * Create Major Themes Chart * Exam II

[We will be looking at limited/general selection of various fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that corresponds with each major theme.]

Week 6-9             * Introduction to Periods * Create Individual On-Line Chart Separated by Time Period * 1865-1914 * 1914-1945 * 1945-Present * Exam III

[We will be looking at fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from each period.  Students will begin to connect specific authors to time periods and major themes.]

Weeks 10-12      * A Focused Look at Three Major Themes * Industrialization/Urbanization * Sexuality * War * Analytical

Essay I

Weeks 13-15      * A Focused Look at Three Major Themes * Women’s Experiences and Rights * Ethnic Diversity *

Postmodern Approaches to “American Literature” *Final Project/Exam (due on day of Final)

Specific readings will be assigned throughout the semester.  Most readings will come directly from the Norton Anthologies (Volumes C, D, and E) so it is imperative for each student to have the texts.  Some of the authors to be studied this semester include:

-Walt Whitman –Emily Dickinson –“Chippewa Songs” –Cochise –Booker T. Washington –W.E.B. Du Boise –Paul Lawrence Dunbar –Zitkala Sa –“Corridos” –Theodore Roosevelt –Charles W. Chesnutt

-Willa Cather –Gertrude Stein –Alan Seeger –Robert Frost –Carl Sandburg –Wallace Stevens –William Carlos Williams –Langston Hughes –T.S.Eliot –Claude McKay –Edna St. Vincent Millay – E.E. Cummings –F. Scott Fitzgerald –William Faulkner –Richard Wright

-Stanley Kunitz –Elizabeth Bishop –Robert Hayden –Gwendolyn Brooks –James Dickey –Hunter S. Thompson –Elizabeth Bishop –Flannery O’Conor –Allen Ginsberg –Frank O’Hara –John Ashbery –Philip Levine –Anne Sexton –Adrienne Rich –Gary Snyder –Toni Morrison –Sylvia Plath –Amari Baraka –Audre Lorde –Mary Oliver –Lucille Clifton –Rudolfo Anaya –Fanny Howe –Simon J. Ortiz –Billy Collins –Gloria Anzaldua –Alice Walker –Yusef Komunyakaa –Joy Harjo –Alberto Rios –Amy Tan –Sandra Cisneros –Lorna Dee Cervantes –Li-Young Lee –“9/11 Commission Report” –Sherman Alexie –Jhumpa Lahiri –“Def Poetry”