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The study of literature is an important part of any educational program as is the understanding of the history of one's own culture. The course is offered in two semesters with the first semester covering writing from the colonial period to 1865 or 1900, and it is a requirement for English majors at most, if not all, four-year colleges.
The first semester, EN 210, typically includes literature from the colonial period. Most of these works, however, are letters, speeches, and records of events. The early settlers had little time for writing since the job of survival was paramount. People who sat around writing were largely considered shirkers. It is not until a nation is stable and secure that its art flourishes. Consequently, that which we generally refer to as literary art is sparse in the early years. The finest American Literature text books that became established in the 1950's and before generally contained political essays and letters in the first volume. Fifty years have passed since then, however, and the lines between the first semester and second are being redrawn with writers like Whitman and Dickinson being often covered in the first semester.
The catalogue description of this course is:
EN 210 American Literature to (1865) I 3-0-3
Studies in selected works of American writers and their relationships to literary movements from the colonial period to the Civil War. Cycles (C, N, S)