The course is designed to give students an overview of the literature of the American South from colonial times up to the 20th century. It will trace the development of different social, political, and philosophical issues as they are reflected in ante-bellum fiction, Civil War fiction, slave narratives, the oral tradition, the varieties of local color writing, the myths of the Old and New South. Required primary reading includes the work of William Byrd, Thomas Jefferson, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Johnson Jones Hooper, Harriet Jacobs, William Faulkner, and Martin Luther King, Jr. It is strongly recommended that students who intend to register for Lit7-476E take this course beforehand in order to be better prepared for the fourth year course. Learning outcomes and competences: •Knowledge of the literary production in the American South for four consecutive centuries. •A deeper understanding of the complex social, political and historical circumstances which led to the configuration of today’s culture in this region of the U.S.A. Recommended reading: Course textbook and outline/bibliography are available. Assessment: Final exam (written).