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ENGL 256
Literature of the American West


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Humanities]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Examines the Western experience and mythology in Literature. Formerly LIT 256.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the primary function of narrative in all literature; to craft a meaning and context for our lives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of American Western Literature from 1850 through 1900, including the “penny dreadful” and “dime novel”
  • Explain in discussion and writing the unique characteristics of American Western Literature as a genre, including the role of the natural environment, the role of morality, and the persistence of the reluctant hero
  • Identify and describe the differences in approach to the genre by several classic American Western Literature authors (for example, Owen Wister, Zane Grey, and Walter Van Tilberg Clark)
  • Discuss and explain the recent developments in Western American Literature (for example in the work of Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurty)
  • Discuss and explain the influence of the genre in selected television shows and full-length movies (for example, The Rifleman, Shane, and/or Silverado)

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    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
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    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.