English III: American Literature
St. Francis School
Dr. Brett Paice
This course approaches American literature less as a natural evolution or a set of specific stylistic characteristics than as a varying series of responses to the historical, technological, intellectual, and political conditions of everyday life in the United States. In the course of our literary analyses, we will address how American literature grapples with notions of personal and collective identity, the social conditions of marginalized populations, and what being American has come to mean over the course of time into the contemporary moment. We will concentrate heavily on honing our writing skills with special attention to strong sentence composition and carefully crafted self-expression. Students will also be asked to reflect upon their roles as part of a larger community of academic inquiry where each personal voice is valued.
Assigned readings will include novels, poems, short stories, and contemporary essays. Since visual culture plays an important role in our investigation of this period, we will also watch excerpts of films during the course of the semester. Class meetings will combine lecture and discussion formats. Passionate and thoughtful participation is required.
Students are allowed to be late three times per quarter. After the third tardy they will be grounded.
· Please do not eat or drink in the classroom during regular class hours.
· Use of cell phones isn't permitted. They shouldn’t be visible during class.
· Laptops are only to be used with permission.
· Please keep these and other electronics stowed.