Prerequisite: At least two writing courses must have previously been taken under the instructor. Students will be expected to work independently and to complete all assignments.
Course Description: “A classic is a book that has never finished what it has to say.” –Italo Calvino. Students will read writing samples of American Literature through the 15th-21st centuries. Literature that has been influential and/or controversial on the culture of its time will include Native American symbolic art, prose, short stories, poetry, and novels from each American literary time period. Their lessons and truths still hold firmly in the current cultural, religious, and socio-economic climate, thus making these classic literary works. The student will read novels and write about their influence on culture when the book was written and today. Critique writing methods will be taught and will be balanced with evaluative and analytic essays and presentations. Prime examples of the written word from each literary decade (1500-2000) will be read and discussed. Many of the literary works taught will be provided by the instructor. Students who register for the course will be sent a syllabus with the assigned novels.
Instructor: Pamela Sperbeck, (804) 852-7785, firstname.lastname@example.org ( emailing is preferred)
Tuition: $495 per year, payable $55 per month
Copy Fee: $90
Class Maximum: 16 students
Class Minimum: 4 students