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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course
Course SummaryShowcase your mastery of American literature with this certificate course. By watching short video lessons and taking the quizzes, you'll be prepared to take the final exam and earn an American Literature Certificate you can use to show your continuing education commitment to potential employers.
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About This Course
Earn an American Literature Certificate in about two weeks when you watch engaging video lessons and take short quizzes on major American literary works. Dynamic animations and on-screen graphics provide a fun way to learn about writers of the Romantic Period, modernist poetry, plot techniques in American fiction and much more.
Who's This For?
Individuals involved in communications, writing or editing as well as those who want to expand their knowledge of American literature could benefit from the lessons in this course.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Benefits of the Certificate
Taking a course in American literature can help you in both your personal and professional activities. Showcase your knowledge by adding this certificate to your online profile or resume.
Some benefits include:
- Acquiring critical thinking skills
- Demonstrating your ability to interpret and analyze literary works
- Incorporating literary topics into one-on-one discussions or social engagements
- Improving your reading ability
American Literature Program Breakdown
Start this course with an overview of literary periods and movements. View a glossary of prose and poetry terms.
Colonial and Early National Period in Literature
This chapter teaches you about Native American oral traditions, Puritan writings and early political essays. Examine The Federalist Papers and works by Ann Bradstreet, Phillis Whitney, Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin.
Romantic Period in Literature
Explore characteristics of the Romantic style as well as works by Washington Irving and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
This chapter covers works by Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Transcendentalism in Literature
Learn about the impact of transcendentalism on American literature. Study writings by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.
Realism in Literature
Look at Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, My Antonia and The Awakening. Explore works by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Henry James and Edith Wharton.
Modernist Prose and Plays
Learn about characteristics of modernist literature and examine works like The Great Gatsby, A Farewell to Arms, Grapes of Wrath and The Iceman Cometh.
This chapter examines the Imagist Movement and poems by E.A. Robinson, Edgar Lee Masters, E.E. Cummings and Edna St. Vincent Millay. You can also learn about poems by Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath.
The Harlem Renaissance and Literature
Discover works by W.E.B. DuBois, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and Claude McKay.
Literature of the Contemporary Period
Study plays by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. Explore Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Catcher in the Rye and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Survey writings by Jack Kerouac and Sandra Cisneros.
Analysis of American Literature
Learn how to analyze poems, short stories and plays. Study plot techniques, the role of the narrator and rhetorical devices.
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