Modern American Literature

Course code ENGL2008Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
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
ContentThe 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.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of English at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo to four written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, peer reviews, in-class or online tests and/or quizzes, wikis, or journal entries, totalling approximately 4000 words
Other: (please specify)Student participation in class discussion may be assessed. Students will be notified in assessment documents at the beginning of the term whether and how participation will be assessed.

Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term