AMERICAN LITERATURE

ENG2ALT

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students explore the emergence of new kinds of writings in the United States from the American Renaissance of the nineteenth century through to the present day, with a particular focus on modernist and postmodernist texts. We will examine some of the ways in which a distinctive American voice emerges in the period under examination as well as key concepts such the American Dream, American exceptionalism, and Westward expansion.  In particular, students will explore disputes over notions of truth, history, and memory in American literature during this period, as well as examining the relationship between Europe and the United States.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorClaire Knowles

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first-year English or HUS1PWR or HUS1FAS

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENG3ALT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBeloved,PrescribedMorrison, T.PICADOR
ReadingsSlaughterhouse-fivePrescribedVonnegut, KurtDELL
ReadingsThe Great GatsbyPrescribedFitzgerald, Scottcharles scribner
ReadingsO Pioneers!PrescribedCather, WillaPenguin

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply several concepts central to the understanding of American literature.

Activities:
Written work that demonstrates knowledge of the relevant concepts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate use of appropriate academic citation and referencing protocols.

Activities:
Written work that conforms to the proper academic protocols of citation and reference.enrolmen
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Identify relevant criticism in the field and the capacity to put that knowledge to effective use in the course of the student's own critical reading of a literary text.

Activities:
Written work that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the relevant criticism
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Identify the romantic and/or modernist and/or postmodernist characteristics of at least five of the literary texts studied in the subject.

Activities:
Written work that demonstrates the relevant critical skills
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Write cogent and well-structured essays that mobilise students' reading and understanding of the relevant criticism.

Activities:
Written work that is clearly written and cogently argued.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Albury-Wodonga, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorClaire Knowles

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Ten 1.5 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2000-word Research Essay50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word Textual AnalysisTo be due early in the semester (week 4/5) to provide feedback on students' early progress in the subject.25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word essay25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorClaire Knowles

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Ten 1.5 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2000-word Research Essay50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word Textual AnalysisTo be due early in the semester (week 4/5) to provide feedback on students' early progress in the subject.25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word essay25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorClaire Knowles

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Ten 1.5 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2000-word Research Essay50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word Textual AnalysisTo be due early in the semester (week 4/5) to provide feedback on students' early progress in the subject.25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word essay25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Mildura, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorClaire Knowles

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Ten 1.5 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2000-word Research Essay50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word Textual AnalysisTo be due early in the semester (week 4/5) to provide feedback on students' early progress in the subject.25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word essay25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Shepparton, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorClaire Knowles

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Ten 1.5 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2000-word Research Essay50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word Textual AnalysisTo be due early in the semester (week 4/5) to provide feedback on students' early progress in the subject.25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1000-word essay25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05