LET-ETCAMB107
Survey American Literature
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ETCAMB107
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; English Language and Culture;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
dr. L.M. De Vos
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Lecturer
P.J. Grider, MA
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Lecturer
dr. L.G.M. Visser-Maessen
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Examiner
dr. L.G.M. Visser-Maessen
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Coordinator
dr. L.G.M. Visser-Maessen
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Academic year2021
Period
PER 3-PER 4  (31/01/2022 to 30/08/2022)
Starting block
PER 3
Course mode
full-time
RemarksExam is on campus. Not online!
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
At the end of the course, the student will:
  • have acquired a familiarity with the major developments in the literary history of the United States and will have acquainted themselves with major American authors from colonial times until now;
  • have developed an understanding of the American literary canon in the cultural-historical context in which it was written;
  • have developed an understanding of literature as a discipline, and ways of reading poetry, prose and drama;
  • be able to see the links in development and cross-fertilization between American and English literature, where applicable.
Content
This entry-level course offers a concise introduction to American literature from the colonial period to the present, with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. The first part of the course discusses American literature before 1900 and deals with works from the Colonial Period to the Civil War. The rise of movements such as American Romanticism and Realism will be discussed against the historical and cultural background of the times. In the second part of the course we will discuss American literature after 1900. We will discuss the development of Modernism in America, the Roaring Twenties and the Harlem Renaissance, the influence of the Depression, the Beat and Middle Generation poets, the rise of minority voices, and the development of Postmodernism in terms of both style and content. The course discusses longer and shorter prose, poetry, and drama.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Book
ISBN:9780393264517
Title: The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Ninth Edition (two volume set)
Author:Nina Baym (gen. ed.)
Edition:8
Book
ISBN:978-0-141-18263-6
Title:The Great Gatsby
Author:F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher:Penguin Modern Classics

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Paper
Test weight30
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 3, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5

Exam
Test weight50
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5

Participation
Test weight20
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5