Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG250H1F L5101

ENG250H1F L5101 MW 6-9
Introduction to American Literature 
Instructor: Caroline Holland

Brief Description of Course: This course will introduce students to diverse traditions in American literature, spanning several centuries. We will explore a variety of literary forms, including poetry, fiction, memoir, essays, and plays by authors ranging from Emily Dickinson to Karen Tei Yamashita. Our readings, lectures, and discussions will acquaint us with significant literary movements, groups, and concepts such as the American Renaissance, Realism, Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Native American Renaissance, and Transnationalism. The approach to learning will be collaborative: students will have many opportunities to ask questions, make observations, try out new ideas, and respond to the ideas of others in a respectful and encouraging environment.

Required Reading: Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; Emily Dickinson, selected poems; Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”; Zitkala-Ša, from American Indian Stories; Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome; Marianne Moore, selected poems; Langston Hughes, selected poems; Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun; N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain; Gloria Anzaldúa, from Borderlands/La Frontera; Karen Tei Yamashita, Tropic of Orange.

First Three Authors/Texts: Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman

Method of Instruction: lecture/discussion

Method of Evaluation: (subject to change) in-class & online participation; passage analysis; midterm; essay; exam

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