American Culture and Communication: Literature and Philosophy
This speech course is for advanced nonnative speakers of English who want to build their communication skills by examining the literary and philosophical traditions of American culture. As a participant in this class, read 19th-century writers such as Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Melville, Poe, Hawthorne, and Twain. Then, move into the 20th century with readings by Anderson, Hemingway, Carver, O’Connor, Cheever, Yates, and Faulkner. Look at the transcendentalist and early pragmatist schools of philosophy to better understand these two key philosophical American movements. By term’s end, you will speak more clearly and confidently in English about sophisticated ideas and have a deeper understanding of American literature and thought.
You'll Walk Away with
- The ability to communicate more accurately and fluently in English
- Knowledge of American culture and literature
- Nonnative speakers of English
- Students looking to advance their professional, academic, and personal goals