Intro-to-american-literature-mark-twainIntroduction to American Literature

American has been called “the land of the free,” but debates continue to rage in the public sphere about what freedom and American identity truly mean. American writers, poets, and thinkers have been offering their own commentary on the subject since the Founding of the United States, and it is vital for young Americans — and anyone interested in the future of America — to enter into this historical dialogue about the nature of liberty and the identity of our nation. In this course, we will focus specifically on the development of our nation’s literary and cultural identity.

The course has three main components: reading, discussion, and writing. We will read some of the greatest novels, short stories, and poems from the American literary canon. We will engage in lively, active discussions of the reading every week. We will write three essays, one of them a research essay using MLA style. Students will also complete grammar assignments and learn about many literary terms and devices that are important to American literature and college-level literature classes. Both semesters will end with a short exam.

The course is designed for mature readers and writers of high school age and ability. The themes of the course are difficult, and sometimes the reading material is dark. The most ideal time to take this course is after completing CLRC’s British Literature course, but students are also welcome if they have successfully completed CLRC’s Introduction to Literature and Composition, or if they obtain the instructor’s permission to enroll.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

Prerequisites:  Intro to Lit  Comp and/or British Literature, or permission of instructor
Instructor: Andrew Robles, M.A.
Age  Level: 15 - 18
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Minimum Enrollment Required: 5
Maximum Class Size: 20
Tuition per Semester:$390

Class Meets:
Mondays, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific
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Fall enrollment is closed. Students may be able to enroll with the instructor’s permission. Please contact Spring registration opens Oct 18th.

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Andrew Robles, M.A.

Andrew Robles earned a B.A. in History at UC Irvine, and an M.A. in English at Cal Poly Pomona. He has taught English Literature and Composition and Critical Thinking at various colleges in Southern California. He also works in academic support at Citrus College in Glendora, California, specializing in tutoring, testing, online learning, and writing strategies. As an instructor, Andrew’s goal is to impart to students the importance of constructing arguments utilizing classical logical and rhetorical methods while considering opposing viewpoints. In addition to teaching, Andrew is a published writer and a musician. He currently lives in El Segundo, CA with his wife and two-year-old son.

An American is a person who does things because they haven’t been done before.

— Mark Twain

A star (*) marks a book that must be purchased in the specified edition.

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*The Scarlet Letter --


*Moby Dick --


*Huckleberry Finn --



*The Red Badge of Courage



*The Great Gatsby —



*The Old Man and the Sea



*The  Crucible —



*The  Elements of Style 4th ed.


A Handbook to Literature

NOTE: This book may be purchased at lower prices from several sellers other than Amazon, including,, and Please purchase the 10th edition. The book will be used in both American and British Literature, so if you take both classes, you can use the book for two years. Please e-mail the instructor at with any questions about purchasing the text.

*Stewart English Program
Book 2