English 102: American Literature

Watch American literature video lessons for an overview of the major works of American poetry and prose. The course features engaging graphics and animations that help you easily retain key info about American literature. 

About this Course

This course covers the literary history of America and includes discussions on authors that include Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe. You get the aid of self-graded quizzes and practice tests to allow you to gauge how much you have learned.

The American literature instructors are experienced and knowledgeable educators who have put together comprehensive video lessons in categories ranging from the Native American oral tradition to the Harlem Renaissance. Each category is broken down into smaller chapters that will cover topics more in-depth. These video lessons make learning fun and interesting.

Course Topics

Literary Analysis Learn how to analyze a literary passage and answer multiple choice questions about literature.
Romantic Period in Literature Find out about this period through looking at Washington Irving and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Colonial and Early National Period in Literature Study early American writers, like John Smith, John Winthrop and Roger Williams. Also take a look at Benjamin Franklin's writing.
Dark Romantics Examine Edgar Allan Poe's work and work by Nathanial Hawthorne.
Transcendentalism in Literature Explore the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Dickinson.
Realism in Literature Study the impact of literature on the American Civil War, including Frederick Douglass and Uncle Tom's Cabin. Also, learn about Mark Twain and Willa Cather, among others.
Modernist Poetry Learn about E.A. Robinson, Edgar Lee Masters, E.E. Cummings and other writers of this period.
The Harlem Renaissance and Literature Find out about Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and Claude McKay.
Literature of the Contemporary Period Take a look at the major works of this period, including Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.

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