The students should be able to understand American culture and social milieu; to grasp the insights provided by the selections about the social scenario of America, spread over 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries; to identify what is distinctly American in American literature; to trace the origin and development of American literature..
Origin and development of American Literature - The colonial period – TranscendentalismDrama, Fiction, Poetry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - “Self Reliance” [Detailed].
Thoreau – “Civil Disobedience” [Detailed].
Walt Whitman: “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed” [Detailed].
“I Hear America Singing” [Non-Detailed].
Edgar Allen Poe: “Raven” [Detailed].
Emily Dickinson: “Because I Could not Stop for Death” [Detailed].
“I Held a Jewel in my Finger” [Non-Detailed].
Robert Frost: “Birches” [Detailed].
“Fire and Ice” [Non-Detailed].
Wallace Stevens: “The Emperor of Ice-Cream” [Detailed].
Tennessee Williams: “Glass Menagerie” [Detailed].
Herman Melville: Moby Dick.
Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye.