Modern American Literature

Description

This course examines the key movements and writers in American Literature from 1950 to the present. It will explore the distinct themes and issues informing the works of writers working in each period and track the social and historical contexts that have shaped them. By examining writers central to each period or movement, students will be able to map the continuities and discontinuities in the modern American literary landscape, and appreciate how the poets, novelists, short-story and nonfiction writers have engaged with the issues of their time and the pressing realities of their lives.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise and discuss key Modern American literary texts;

2. Demonstrate skills in interpretation and analysis of Modern American texts at an intermediate undergraduate level;

3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate at an intermediate undergraduate level;

4. Demonstrate skills in information literacy and use of technology to perform research;

5. Write analytic essays at an intermediate undergraduate level

Content

The content of this course will focus on the study of key Modern American Writers (poetry and prose) from 1950 to the present. The exact texts and topics studied will vary from offering to offering.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Two to four written assignments *

Participation: Student participation in class discussion

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term