Dec 05, 2021
ENGL 2370 - Western American Literature
This course examines the form and content of literature dealing with the American West, its reflection of the motivation and spirit of frontiersmen as well as the contemporary westerner, the influence of the land and landscape on the inhabitants and authors, and the history around which the literature revolves.
Instructional Method Lecture
General Education Requirement: Humanities
Comments: This course does not meet UW’s Human Culture requirement unless transferred as part of an Associate degree.
ENGL 1010 English I with a grade of “C” or better
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of ENGL 2370 Western American Literature, the student will:
- Compare a representative variety of the vast body of literature written about the American West.
- Examine the historical forces influencing the development of the American West.
- Contrast the differences between formulaic and serious western fiction.
- Analyze the influences that the land and landscape have on the people of the American West in terms of narrative character development.
- Obtain an understanding of what constitutes Western American Literature as both regional and universal.
- Critique methods and content of the writing.
- Engage in exploratory writing-to-learn activities.
- Produce formal writing-to-show-knowledge assignments.
- Critique methods and content of the writing about the American West.
- Compare the motivations of Western writers.
- PO#1 Write well-developed college-level documents tailored to a specific writing situation.
- PO#2 Critique a variety of written material with the concepts and terminology appropriate to the audience and genre.
- PO#3 Apply appropriate concepts and terminology to different types and major periods of literature.
- PO#4 Analyze various forms of literature and the role literature plays in life, culture, and history.
- PO#5 Evaluate information from various forms, genres, and time periods to comment upon the universal and individual human experiences.
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