AMERICAN LITERATURE

ENG2ALT

2021

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 as 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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorStephanie Downes

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWritten work that demonstrates knowledge of the relevant concepts.Written work that conforms to the proper academic protocols of citation and reference enrollment.Written work that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the relevant criticism.Written work that demonstrates the relevant critical skills.Written work that is clearly written and cogently argued.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsENG3ALT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Americanah

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorAdiche, Chimamanda Ngozi

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PublisherFourth Estate

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The Great Gatsby

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorFitzgerald, Scott

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Publishercharles scribner

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O Pioneers!

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Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorCather, Willa

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PublisherPenguin

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Farenheit 459

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Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBradbury, Ray

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PublisherPenguin

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Beloved

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMorrison, T.

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PublisherPICADOR

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply several concepts central to the understanding of American literature.
02. Demonstrate use of appropriate academic citation and referencing protocols.
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.
04. Identify the romantic and/or modernist and/or postmodernist characteristics of at least five of the literary texts studied in the subject.
05. Write cogent and well-structured essays that mobilise students' reading and understanding of the relevant criticism.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorStephanie Downes

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2000-word Research Essay

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

1000-word Textual AnalysisTo be due early in the semester (week 4/5) to provide feedback on students' early progress in the subject.

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

1000-word essay

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5