ENGL 516W (01) - American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved

American Lit II Money

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 53979
Students will discuss novels, plays, poems, and essays that address the difficult issues of national rebuilding, the temptations of a new consumer culture, the devastations of numerous wars fought overseas, and encounters with European, Jewish, Latin American, and Asian immigrants. Whether comparing nineteenth-century Huckleberry Finn with twentieth-century Beloved or making sense of modern and postmodern literary playfulness, students will become thoughtful readers and writers.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): ENGL 516, ENGL 516H
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Humanities(Disc)
Instructors: Cameron Netland

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 MWF 10:10am - 11:00am HS 108
Additional Course Details: 

“Huckleberry Finn through Beloved" is misleading and I hope no one will be disappointed when they browse the course schedule and observe we won’t be reading either of these magnificent novels. We will instead browse a Twain poem,
"Genius", and a different Morrison novel, Sula.

While still maintaining a focus on money, migration, and modernity, this course will instead take us through the Environmental consciousness of American writers through literary movements such as Romanticism/Transcendentalism, Realism, the American Gothic, Naturalism, Modernism, the Beats, Science Fiction, Queer Literature, and Postmodernism. All of these movements will be explored in a variety of different mediums including novels, poetry, short stories, music, film, plays, and graphic narratives. As we proceed through the material, we will explore various teaching and reading strategies for literature including close reads, book clubs, and craft workshops. 

This course satisfies a Foundational Literature Surveys requirement for ENGLISH majors.

This course satisfies a Post-1800 Literature requirement for ENGLISH LITERATURE, ENGL:TBD, ENGLISH/JOURNALISM majors.

This course is required for ENGLISH TEACHING majors. 




Maggie A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane (Fawcett; Reissue edition (February 12, 1985) My Antonia by Willa Cather (Bantam Classic 1994) The Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill Think Like a Mountain by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse Books) Naked Lunch by William Burroughs (Grove Press) Sula by Toni Morrison (Vintage Press)