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  • STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as a preparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom and you have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based on this syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yet started. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your student portal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.

    School of Arts and Humanities

    LITR320

    American Fiction

    Credit Hours: 3

    Length of course: 8 Weeks

    Prerequisite(s): ENGL101

    ENGL200 Recommended

    Table of Contents

    Instructor Information Evaluation Procedures

    Course Description Grading Scale

    Course Scope Course Outline

    Course Objectives Policies

    Course Delivery Method Academic Services

    Course Resources Selected Bibliography

    Course Description (Catalog)

    This course provides an examination of American society and culture through literature, using fiction that

    covers different eras, personalities, and issues. Stress is placed on characterization and other literary

    techniques, as well as on the nature of American society itself and fiction's place in that society.

    (Prerequisite: ENGL101).

    Table of Contents

    Course Scope

    LITR320 provides a chronological perspective of American fiction, from the main historical periods of

    America, beginning with the precursors to the American short story, to the late 20th century and the

    present.

    Table of Contents

    Course Learning Objectives

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  • STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as a preparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom and you have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based on this syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yet started. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your student portal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.

    After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

    CO-1: identify the characteristics of American fiction and their correlation to historical, economic, cultural, and social events of the period;

    CO-2: compare and contrast a variety of texts with respect to periods, themes, and literary technique;

    CO-3: analyze primary and secondary texts in American fiction;

    CO-4: examine American fiction in a properly documented (MLA) literary essay; and

    CO-5: evaluate American fiction in terms of its literary, thematic, and historical importance to American culture.

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    Course Delivery Method

    American Fiction is a B.A. in English course. It is delivered via distance learning. This enables students

    to complete academic work in an entirely online and flexible manner. Course materials and access to an

    online learning management system will be made available to each student. Online assignments must be

    completed in their entirety by midnight Sunday EST of each week. Precursors to the assignment may be

    necessary such as discussion forum initial posts, which are due midweek. Assigned faculty will support

    the students throughout this 8-week course.

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    Course Resources

    Required Textbooks:

    LITR320: American Fiction. McGraw Hill Education Create. Dubuque, IA: McGraw Hill, 2014.

    This is an e-book. Instructions are mailed to you from EdMap to access the book online.

    Required Software:

    Microsoft Office (MS Word)

    Table of Contents

    Evaluation Procedures

    Instructor Announcements:

    Please ensure that you read the course announcements each time you log into your classroom.

    Reading Assignments:

    There is a great deal of reading for this course. You are asked to have your reading prepared

    before each assignment.

    Homework and Graded Assignments:

    Instructors will determine your final grade based on the following assignments:

    Discussion Forums:

    A minimum of three posts each forum will consist of the initial post that is due by midweek

    (Wednesday 11:55 p.m. EST) and at least two responses due by Sunday at 11:55 p.m. EST.

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  • STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as a preparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom and you have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based on this syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yet started. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your student portal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.

    For full instructions, please see the weekly lesson and the forums.

    Critical Thinking Essays:

    Students will write two critical response papers in Weeks 3 and 5; each one addresses one of the

    novels/works we will have read by the time the paper is due. A critical thinking essay is not

    merely a summary of the text, an author biography, or a history lesson.

    Please see Assignments for detailed instructions.

    Literary Research Essay:

    Each student will write an MLA-documented literary research essay in Week 7. Detailed

    instructions can be found in Assignments.

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    Grading Scale

    Please see the Student Handbook (click here) to reference the Universitys grading scale.

    Grading:

    Based on a point system, your final grade will be calculated as follows:

    Assignments Percentage of Final Grade

    Discussion Forums 40%

    Critical Response Essays 40%

    Research Essay 20%

    Total 100%

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    Eight-Week Course Outline

    *HINT: PLEASE PLAN YOUR READING OUT WELL IN ADVANCE TO MEET

    DEADLINES. THANK YOU*

    Week 1 Learning

    Objective(s)

    Reading(s) & Web Activities Assignments

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  • STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as a preparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom and you have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based on this syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yet started. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your student portal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.

    Week 1:

    Introduction

    Native American

    Creation Stories

    1, 3

    All assigned readings are in the e-

    text

    Exploration and the Colonies

    A Tale of the Sky World

    Coyote and Bear

    The Chiefs Daughters

    Read your announcement page for

    any updates the instructor may need

    to pass on to you.

    (This will serve as the only reminder

    for this task.)

    Reading and Web

    Activities

    Discussion Forum 1:

    Introduction

    Week 2

    Romanticism in

    American

    Literature

    Characterization

    1, 3, 5

    Romanticism

    The Romantic, The Real, and the

    American Indian

    Washington Irving:

    Author Bio

    A History of New York

    Philip of Pokanoket: An Indian

    Memoir

    Reading and Web

    Activities

    Discussion Forum 2:

    Washington Irving

    Begin to plan for

    Critical Essay 1 Week

    3

    Week 3

    Theme and

    Culture

    The Supernatural

    in Romantic

    Fiction

    2, 3, 4 Puritanism, Indians, and Witchcraft

    Edgar Allan Poe:

    Author Bio

    The Black Cat

    The Imp of the Perverse

    Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    Author Bio

    Young Goodman Brown

    Rappaccinis Daughter

    Begin to read Jack Londons Iron

    Reading and Web

    Activities

    Critical Essay 1 Week

    3 is due

    Discussion Forum 3:

    Poe, Hawthorne, and

    Critical Essay 1 outline

    Begin reading Iron

    Heel for Critical Essay

    2 Week 5

  • STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as a preparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom and you have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based on this syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yet started. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your student portal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.

    Heel for Essay 2. The novel is

    located in chapter 3 of the e-text.

    Week 4

    Realism,

    Naturalism, and

    Regionalism

    Dialogue and

    Voice in Writing

    1, 2, 5 Prosperity and Social Justice at the

    Turn of the Century

    Sarah Orne Jewett:

    Author Bio

    The Town Poor

    Henry James:

    Author Bio

    The Beast in the Jungle

    Kate Chopin:

    Author Bio

    A Pair of Silk Stockings

    Stephen Crane:

    Author Bio

    Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

    Complete reading of Iron Heel.

    Obtain your novel and film for the

    Week 7 final paper.

    Reading and Web

    Activities

    Determine which

    American novel and

    film for final paper in

    Week 7.

    Discussion Forum 4.

    A Dinner with the

    Authors

    Complete reading of

    Iron Heel, review

    literary criticism of the

    novel in preparation for

    Critical Essay 2 in

    Week 5.

    Week 5

    A Literature of

    Social and Cultural

    Challenge

    Historical and

    cultural context of

    the early to mid-

    20th

    century and

    the American

    fiction

    1, 3, 4, 5 A Literature of Social and Cultural

    Challenge

    Willa Cather:

    Author Bio

    Pauls Case

    Sherwood Anderson:

    Author Bio

    The Book of the Grotesque

    John Dos Passos:

    Author Bio

    The Big Money

    F. Scott Fitzgerald:

    Author Bio

    The Ice Palace

    Reading and Web

    Activities

    Critical Essay 2 Week

    5 is due: Iron Heel

    Discussion Forum 5.

    Cather, Anderson, Dos

    Passos, and Fitzgerald

  • STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as a preparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom and you have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based on this syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yet started. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your student portal. This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.

    You should be working on the novel

    and film you are presenting in your

    final paper in Week 7.

    Week 6:

    Second World War

    and Its Aftermath

    The Theme within

    a short story

    1, 2, 5 The Second World War and Its

    Aftermath

    Flannery OConnor:

    Author Bio

    Good Country People

    Shirley Jackson:

    Author Bio

    The Lottery:

    Philip Roth:

    Author Bio

    The Conversion of the Jews

    You should be completing your

    reading and viewing and drafting

    your final paper, due in Week 7.

    Reading and Web

    Activities

    Discussion Forum 6:

    Post War America and

    OConnor, Jackson,

    and Roth

    Prepare for next weeks

    final literary research

    paper, due Week 7.

    Week 7:

    Literary Research

    The Age of

    Anxiety

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, The Age of Anxiety: Vietnam, Civil

    Rights, and the Womens Movement

    Ann Beattie:

    Author Bio

    Literary Research

    Essay Week 7 is due.

    Reading Activity

    Discussion Foru...

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