*How do the course's texts illustrate the American ideals of personal liberty and success? *What is the importance of money for successful pursuit of the American dream? *How do gender and race affect a successful pursuit of the American dream?
*Understand development of American literature from 18th to 20th century *Historical contexts of the texts *Use of cultural artifacts to generate discussion
*Direct class discussion *Develop critical abilities as readers *Improve skills as writers of critical and creative prose *Have a good time reading, viewing, and discussing the texts *Prepare and present class meetings, both in collaborative groups and as individuals *Apply principles of unguided peer reviewing and metacritical self-review for both content and style *Use techniques of active reading, class note-taking, and test-taking
*midterm exam *final exam *fall semester research paper *2-3 analytical papers *personal essay *reading quizzes *collaborative one act play
Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography Edgar Allen Poe's The Gold Bug Thoreau's Walden Charles Chestnut's collected stories Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Henry James' Daisy Miller Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Edith Wharton's House of Mirth F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross
*selected texts provide opportunities for discussions of racial, class, and gender politics and how these affect the attainment of the American dream