Studies the national literature of the United States since the early 19th century. Considers a range of texts including, novels, essays, films, and electronic media –and their efforts to define the notion of American identity. Readings usually include works by such authors as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, Sherman Alexie, and Toni Morrison. Enrollment limited.