American Literature - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Explore American literature and its connections with the formation of cultural and political identities, institutions and histories through three case studies: expatriatism, regionalism and the representation of the city. This unit surveys some key writers and movements in American literature since the late nineteenth century, and draws links to important trends in American culture and history. It also develops your awareness of comparative perspectives, drawing out similarities and contrasts in the concern and themes of this literature with European modernism and Australian literary nationalism.

At the completion of this unit you will:

  1. be familiar with some key writers and movements in American literature from the late nineteenth century
  2. be able to make connections between American literary production and important trends in American culture and history
  3. be aware of comparative perspectives in literature
  4. have developed and refined their skills in literary and cultural analysis
  5. have refined their ability to write about literature and cultural history in an academic context.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take Home Exam (40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Expatriates: Americans in Europe
2Regionalism: the southwest
3The city

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Libra

    By:Delillo Don

    ISBN: 9780141188225


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  • Jazz

    By:Toni Morrison

    ISBN: 9780099750918


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  • Tender Is The Night: A Romance


    ISBN: 9780141183596


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  • Ceremony

    By:Leslie Silko

    ISBN: 9780140086836


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Animal Dreams


    ISBN: 9780349102702


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  • Day Of The Locust Classics

    By:West, Nathaniel

    ISBN: 9780141023656


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  • Daisy Miller


    ISBN: 9780141441344


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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