Overview of literary trends in American literature from the colonial period to the Civil War with focus on individual stories, essays, and poems of representative authors. Discussion includes concepts of theme, image, symbol, and irony as well as critical analysis of literature in light of these contexts. Class discussions of reading assignments assist students in understanding the contexts out of which the literature grows, how the literature reflects the times, and how it reveals the nature of the characters who make the times. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111. Fall Only.