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American Culture and Communication: Literature and Philosophy

This speech course is for advanced speakers of English who want to build their communication skills by examining the literary and philosophical traditions of American culture. Students read 19th-century writers such as Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Melville, Poe, Hawthorne, and Twain before moving into the 20th century, from which they read works by Anderson, Hemingway, Carver, O’Connor, Cheever, Yates, and Faulkner. They also look at the transcendentalist and early pragmatist schools of philosophy to better understand two key philosophical American movements. By term’s end, students are able to speak about sophisticated ideas with more clarity and confidence and have gained a deeper understanding of American literature and thought.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • More accurate and fluent communication in English
  • Greater knowledge of and ability to talk about American culture and literature

Ideal for

  • Nonnative speakers of English
  • Students looking to advance their professional, academic, and personal goals
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