Throughout this semester, I hope to gain a wealth of knowledge that I can apply to my understanding of the American culture. First of all, I hope to understand the different eras of American literature and how American literature was effected by the events of the times. Also, I wish to learn more about many of the American authors that are considered trademarks of America. By doing so I hope that I will better understand the cultural ties that bind us together through literature as a nation. Finally, I hope that my peers and I will be able to enhance our understanding of the content we explore this semester. These are my expectations for this class this semester.