Classic American Fiction - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit introduces and surveys some of the topics, themes and developments in canonical American literary fiction by Irving, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Perkins Gilman, Wharton, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Works by these authors will be studied in their immediate literary and historical contexts with an eye to exploring what makes their writing distinctively American.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand and think through complex ethical questions
  2. write clear and cogent literary criticism
  3. engage in intellectual reasoning at an improved level
  4. successfully undertake literary-historical research
  5. speak with some authority about classic American fiction
  6. write and orally communicate effectively.
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HUM7407 — Classic American Fiction
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Irving and Hawthorne
5Perkins Gilman/Wharton

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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

  • Fiesta : The Sun Also Rises (Vintage Classic)

    By:Ernest Hemingway

    ISBN: 9780099285038


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  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Selected Writings

    By:Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    ISBN: 9780860682011


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  • The Great Gatsby

    By:F. Scott Fitzgerald

    ISBN: 9780141182636


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  • Age Of Innocence

    By:Edith Wharton & Candace Wade &

    ISBN: 9780393967944


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