ENG-230 Literature of the American West

This course examines the American West as imagined and depicted by twentieth-century writers. How do individualism, racial difference, aridity, competition over natural resources, and environmentalism shape the way Americans imagine the West? How does the West in its conflicts, diversity, and complexity epitomize in a dramatic way what we imagine as deeply American? These are just some of the questions that we will attempt to answer through our reading of novels, short stories, poems and essays by American westerners.(Introduction to Literary Studies) Prerequisites: FYS-101 or FYS-110


3 credits