In this course, we will pay attention to cultural and intellectual developments that influenced literary production from the post-Civil War era to the present. Reading assignments will cover a variety of genres (short story, poetry, drama) and will represent a range of literary movements: Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. Authors, too, are varied: from Emily Dickinson to T.S. Eliot to Toni Morrison, and many more. Note: This class uses Affordable and Open Educational Resources. That means there are NO TEXTBOOK COSTS for students.