course of the semester, we will develop our understanding of the ways in
which authors have addressed issues of personal identity in the modern
era. After the Civil War, nearly every writer has engaged with the
question of American identity somehow, so we will also learn about the
historical and cultural contexts in which identity issues have existed.
Our readings will be separated into three chronological divisions
(1865-1914, 1914-1945, 1945-present), because these time periods are
bordered by three wars that greatly contributed to American cultural
transformation. We will consider shifts in literary taste and explore the
choices that writers have made by exploring larger literary movements such
as Realism, Naturalism, Regionalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism.
Anthology of American Literature(6th
James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Sandra Cisneros, House on