Course Contents at a Glance

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The following list shows a summary of the topics covered in this course. To see all of the course pages, visit the Table of Contents.

Module 1: Reading and Interpreting Literary Texts

  • How to Analyze a Short Story
  • A Short History of the Early American Novel
  • Approaching Poetry
  • Free Verse
  • Literary Terms: A Guide
  • Literary Criticism

Module 2: Early American and Puritan Literature (1650–1750)

  • American Puritanism
  • A Model of Christian Charity
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Verses upon the Burning of Our House

Module 3: Enlightenment Literature (1760–1820)

  • Video: Edwards and the Transition to Enlightenment
  • Video: The American Enlightenment
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Module 4: Romantic Literature (1820–1860)

  • The Romantic Period, 1820–1860: Essayists and Poets
  • Thanatopsis
  • Wakefield
  • Song of Myself
  • The Use of Nature in American Gothic
  • The Indian Burying Ground
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • The Raven
  • History of American Literature
  • The Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism
  • Nature
  • The American Scholar
  • Self-Reliance
  • Walden
  • Women’s Sphere and the Emergence of the Women’s Rights Movement
  • Woman in the Nineteenth Century
  • Resistance and Abolition
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Module 5: Writing About Literature

  • Distinguish Between Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Annotated List of Useful Online Resources
  • Using Databases: Periodical Indexes and Abstracts
  • Annotated List of Useful Databases
  • Finding and Evaluating Research Sources
  • Finding Literary Criticism
  • Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Style