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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Expatriates: Americans in Europe
    • Regionalism: the southwest
    • The city
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Non-Invigilated Exam — Take Home Exam (40%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject 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.

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