English 115: The American Experience Fall 2008

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ENG 115 Fall 2008
MWF 11:15-12:05, Bartlett 125
Teaching Associate: Eric Fortier

American Experience will examine major American works in autobiography,
the novel, film, and music, from the colonial period to the present day. While some
attention will be paid to placing these works in historical context, our primary focus will be
on formal analysis – on the artwork as a complex of decisions made by an artist (or artists)
about its form. We will familiarize ourselves with some of the basic elements of narrative,
cinematic, and musical form and devote most of our time to constructing – rather than, say,
discovering – the meanings of these texts….

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