ENG 253 American Literature: Early

American Literature beginnings to 1865 focuses on major early movements in American Lit including Native American literature, the African American vernacular (songs and tales) and slave narratives. European exploration writings, the writings of Colonial America (1620-1776), the Literature of the New Republic (1776-1836) and the Literature of the American Renaissance (1836-1865). Emphasis will be on the historical, social, and philosophical backgrounds. ENG 253 provides an understanding of and appreciation for American culture as expressed in literature. Recommended: College-level reading; WR 121 English Composition; and ENG 104 Literature Fiction or ENG 106 Literature: Poetry is strongly recommended for success in this course.




Lower Division Transfer (LDT) Course

General Education Requirements

AAOT Arts & Letters, AS Literature & the Arts, AS Liberal Arts Core 2, AGS Humanities/Arts, AS Western Culture,


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Describe how Early American Literature (beginnings to 19th century) explores the human condition. Demonstrate an understanding of the early diversity of cultures which have contributed to American Literature. Interpret Early American Literature through critical reading. Participate in activities that encourage personal awareness, growth, and/or creativity through the experience of early American literature. Write and speak effectively about your own and others' ideas regarding Early American Literature.