By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired knowledge about:
- America's diverse literary tradition.
- The relationship between the American literary tradition and its social, cultural, and historical contexts.
- Literary mediations of important historical events and sociocultural debates.
- Perspectives on and debates about what defines, or characterizes, "Americanness".
- The different cultural traditions that inform American literature.
By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- Analyze and understand literature about America from diverse perspectives and multiple historical periods and literary genres.
- Interpret texts by conducting close readings and deploying relevant techniques and terms from literary studies.
- Explain the sociocultural significance of the selected texts and authors.
- Identify relevant trends and movements that distinguish different literary periods within American literature.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Use correct, varied, and precise English in order to participate in intellectual conversations about issues in literary and cultural studies.
- Analyze what others have written or said, then summarize their arguments and assumptions.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
|1914 to present||1/2||5 hours||A - F||Exam aids available at the teachers' discretion|
|Beginnings to 1914||1/2||5 hours||A - F||Exam aids available at the teachers' discretion|
Duration: 5 hours per exam. Students must pass both exams to earn a final grade in this course. English language and academic writing skills are taken into account in the grading, as well as the course content.
Students who get one or more assignment assessed as not approved at their first attempt, are given one opportunity to hand in a revised assignment.
- Course coordinator
- Eric Dean Rasmussen
- Course teacher
- Peter Paul Ferry
- Programme coordinator
- Anne Siri Norland , Karen Marie Espeland
Method of work
Students are expected to do all the required reading before attending the lectures.
|American Literature and Culture (LENG175_1)||15|
|American Literature and Culture (ENG165_1)||10|
|American Literature and Culture (MENG165_1)||10|
|English Literature after 1950 (ENG130_1)||5|
|Other Voices - Global English Literature (ENG130_2)||5|
|English Literature after 1950 (ÅEN130_1)||5|
Students must own print copies of the following books. All books can be purchased from the SiS bookstore. Course compendium of texts will be made available in Canvas at the beginning of the semester.
Abrams, M. H. and Geoffrey Galt Harpham, eds. A Glossary of Literary Terms, 11th edition. Stamford: CEngage, 2015.
Burgett, Bruce and Glenn Hendler, eds. Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 2nd edition. New York: New York University Press, 2014.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby (1925). London: Penguin, 2013.
Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. "They Say / I Say": The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (Fourth Edition). Norton, 2018.
Levine, Robert, et al, eds. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Ninth Edition (Volumes 1-2). New York: Norton, 2017.
from The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Ninth Edition: reading list will be made available on Canvas at the start of the semester.
Bertens, Hans and Theo D'haen. American Literature: A History. Routledge, 2014.
Boyer, Paul S. American History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Temperley, Howard and Christopher Bigsby, editors. A New Introduction to American Studies. Pearson Longman, 2006.
Sist oppdatert: 18.09.2019