E 337 - American Lit: From Begin to 1865

Course Availability
Course Number Course Title Day & Time Course Fee
E 337 American Lit: From Begin to 1865 Online $550.00

Course Type: Self-Paced Online

  • Register and start the coursework at any time, then proceed through the assignments at your own pace with feedback and grading from your instructor.
Class Description:

In this course students survey significant texts in the American literary and cultural tradition from the Colonial period through the Civil War. This course is historical in its conception and, therefore, emphasizes an historical approach to the material. This approach - designed to cultivate historically-committed interpretation - regards writers as producers of time and place-specific cultural work and treats their texts as enactments of that work.

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This course is independent study and is self-paced. Students have five months upon registration in which to complete all coursework. Exams must be taken in a proctored location, with arrangements to be made by the student. Exam proctoring fees vary by site and are not included in the course fee.

Graded Assessments and Learning Modules
  • 3 learning modules
  • 6 essay assignments
  • 2 exams (taken at approved testing site)
Textbook(s) and Materials
  • McMichael, G. & Leonard, J.S. (2011). Anthology of American Literature, Vol. 1 (10th ed.). Boston: Longman. ISBN 9780321916815
  • Foster, H.W. (1987). The Coquette. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195042399
  • Melville, H. Benito Cereno, any edition.
Official UT Austin Course Description: 
A survey of major writers, poetry, and prose.

Nine semester hours of coursework in English or Rhetoric and Writing.

Students should contact the University Extension advisor with any questions about prerequisites or placement in our courses. All students should contact their academic advisor with any questions about how this course fulfills their degree requirements.


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