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Title: ENGL 215-02, "The American Dream" in Literature, Fall 2009
Authors: Petty, Leslie
Keywords: English, Department of;Syllabus;Curriculum;Academic departments;Text;2009 Fall
Issue Date: 26-Aug-2009
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
Series/Report no.: Syllabi CRN;10214
Abstract: The concept of the "American Dream" has been integral to the nation's identity since the narrator of the first American novel, Letters from an American Farmer (1782) declared, "we are the most perfect society now existing in the world. Here man is free; as he ought to be." In English 215, we will examine how this potential for perfection (often gauged by material success) through freedom is the tantalizing yet ultimately unattainable promise that drives most American writers. We will read a widely diverse set of texts and students will be asked to consider how each articulates a vision of American possibility that contributes to the nation's literary tradition as well as to its sense of identity.
Description: This syllabus was submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor.
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