Walk in the footsteps of America’s greatest literary figures. Highlight some of the country’s most famous writers and influential movements. Learn how authors used their craft to explore their culture, history and political identities.
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At the completion of this subject you will:
- be familiar with some key writers and movements in American literature from the late nineteenth century
- be able to make connections between American literary production and important trends in American culture and history
- be aware of comparative perspectives in literature
- have developed and refined their skills in literary and cultural analysis
- have refined their ability to write about literature and cultural history in an academic context.
- Expatriates: Americans in Europe
- Regionalism: the southwest
- The city
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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.
- Essay 1 (30%)
- Essay 2 (30%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam — Take Home Exam (40%)