In the second half of this course, the student will focus on the literary movements that comprise American literature, and trace the chronology of national literature from the Modernist through the Contemporary period. In reading and responding to these diverse literature selections, the student will gain a thorough understanding of a myriad of fiction and nonfiction genres, including short stories, essays, poetry, drama, memoirs, and autobiographies. The student will also read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. Ernest Hemingway’s novella The Old Manand the Sea may be read instead of The Great Gatsby. In reading these American literature selections, the student will understand longer works of literature in their historical and literary context.