By the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. Identify major shifts in media technology and how those shifts affected the creation of literature in English.
2. Critically evaluate and interpret primary sources (literary texts) and secondary sources (essays and book chapters) as well as comprehend the historical and contemporary contexts of cultural texts.
3. Construct arguments that assert positions about major changes in media and literature between 1600 and 1900.
4. Explain how issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality contributed to innovations in media shifts and its impact on literature in English.
5. Explain how changes in media were connected with, and helped elaborate, forms of identity, including regional, national, and transnational identities.
6. Describe how individuals, groups, and institutions interacted with each other in different ways as a result how changes in media changed written literature.
7. Recognize that literature itself is an act of mediation and that all literature has a medium.
8. Illustrate how writers experimented with media in their writing by supplying examples from the texts examined during the class.