This course introduces students to American literature with emphasis on the post-Revolutionary period, although some pre-Revolutionary texts may be considered to provide a contextual framework for later works. It takes into account elements of fiction (e.g. theme, plot, character, symbol, style) and offers a critical vocabulary to discuss literature. Students read, analyze, and interpret the works of major American authors during this timeframe. They read closely and critically from a literary perspective, as well as for the range of social, historical, political, and cultural perspectives they represent.