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Course Title: American Literature

Course Code: ENG 508

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Tariq Masood

Email: Proftariqmasood1



This course focuses on students' understanding  diverse movements, traditions,  trends and voices present in American Literature. It encompasses  three representative poets, two novelists and one dramatist to acquaint the students with contemporary American culture, democratic vistas, repercussions of industrial and scientific expansion, race-gender-class equations particularly in New England country side. It also highlights various phases of the American Renaissance, the Civil War, American success story, social milieu of early 20th century beside several voices of social protest. The students will surely enjoy the selected poems, gauge why Hemingway is a father figure in American Fiction and Tony Morrison is the greatest living voice. The final objective of this course is to look for the sense of democratic diversity amid the constitutional unity of the US.




  • Bradbury, M. Modern American Novel, 1983.
  • Modern American Drama, 1945-2000 by C.W.E. Bigsby
  • Donald D Kummings:  Companion to Walt Whitman 2006
  • The Gift of Screws: The Poetic Strategies of Emily Dickinson : R. Bruce Ward
  • Deirdre Fagan: Companion to Robert Frost 2006
  • Cambridge Companion to Jazz
  • William A. Glasser: ‘A Farewell to Arms’
  • Great American Writers: Twentieth Century by R. Baired Shuman, Marshall Cavandish, Vol.8, 2002
  • F. W. Dupee: Hemingway Revealed
  • Toni Morrison’s World of Fiction, Karen  Carmean, Whitston, 1993
  • Arthur Miller: Critical Insights, Brenda Murphy, editor, Salem (2011)





1- WALT WHITMAN                     Selected Poems:                    

i.          There was A Child Went Forth          ii.         I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing

iii.        One’s-Self I Sing                                iv.        Poets to Come

v.         O Captain! My Captain!                     vi.        To A Stranger

vii.       Shut Not Your Doors                         viii.      These Carols


2- EMILY DICKINSON                  Selected Poems:

i.          Success Is Counted Sweetest             ii.         After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes

iii.        “Hope” is the Thing with Feathers     iv.        This Is My Letter To The World,

v.          She Lay As If At Play                       vi.        The last night that she lived


3- ROBERT FROST                        Selected Poems:


i.          Mending Wall                                     ii.         After Apple Picking

iii.        The Road Not Taken                          iv.        Tree at my Window

v.         Acquainted with the Night                 vi.        Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

vii.       The Pasture


4- EARNEST HEMINGWAY                    A Farewell to Arms

5- TONY MORRISON                                 Jazz    

6- Arthur Miller                                            The Crucible