Classic American Fiction
Step inside the literary worlds conjured up by the likes of Poe, Melville, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Twain. Approach these writer's works from historical and literary perspectives. Ask what the qualities are that define distinctly American writing.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- understand and think through complex ethical questions
- write clear and cogent literary criticism
- engage in intellectual reasoning at an improved level
- successfully undertake literary-historical research
- speak with some authority about classic American fiction
- write and orally communicate effectively.
- Irving and Hawthorne
- Perkins Gilman/Wharton
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
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This subject 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.
- Essay 1 (40%)
- Essay 2 (40%)
- Online Discussion (20%)