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Course Name: American Literature: From Bible Thumpers to Beatniks Form of Study: full-time; lecture + seminar Year / Semester: 3rd year, 6th semester Credits: 6 Assessment: In-class presentation and final exam Teacher: Sini Eikonsalo, MA Contact: [email protected] Course description: In this course, students will learn about the most important trends in American literature from the colonial period to the middle of the 20th century and authors who belong to the primary American literary canon within this time frame. The course in concluded in a lecture/seminar format, meaning the first 80 minutes of each session will be in lecture form, which is always followed by a 40-minute seminar. During the seminars, we will discuss and analyze the readings (a short story, novel, poetry or drama), assigned for that lecture. The readings for the course will be uploaded on Teams. Course requirements: - Keeping up with the weekly readings Active participation in seminar discussions Brief in-class presentations (list of topics will be given later) Final exam (brief essay questions covering the lecture materials) and an oral exam on the course readings Course outline: 1. Lecture: Literature of the colonial period 2. Lecture: Advent of the Enlightenment Seminar: Benjamin Franklin: 2 pamphlets 3. Lecture: Romanticism I (Gothic and fantasy) Seminar: Washington Irving: "The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow", Edgar Allan Poe: "The Black Cat", "The Tell-Tale Heart", Nathaniel Hawthorne: "Birthmark" -36 4. Lecture: Romanticism II - political romanticism Seminar: The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau: Civil Disobedience 5. Lecture: American Realism and Naturalism I Seminar: Kate Chopin: "A Respectable Woman", The Story of an Hour and 4 other short stories 6. Lecture: American Realism and Naturalism II Seminar: Ambrose Bierce: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage (synopsis + excerpt), Theodore Dreiser: "Typhoon" 7. Lecture: American Modernism I (narrative techniques) Seminar: Ernest Hemingway: “Hills like White Elephants”, “A Clean Well-Lighted Place”, William Faulkner: “A Rose for Emily” 8. Lecture: American Modernism II (zeitgeist - the spirit of the jazz age) Seminar: F. S. Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby 9. Lecture: 19th through mid-20th century American poetry Seminar: Selected poems by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg 10. Lecture: American drama Seminar: Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman, Edward Albee: The Zoo Story 11. Lecture: American prose of the middle of the 20th century Seminar: Bernard Malamud: “The Magic Barrel”, “Armistice” 12. Lecture: American prose of the middle of the 20th century Seminar: Jerome David Salinger: “Perfect Day for a Bananafish” Compulsory literature: LAUTER, P., YARBOROUGH, R., ALBERTI, J., BRADY, M. (2008). The Heath Anthology of American literature: Volume A: the Beginnings to 1900. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. LAUTER, P., YARBOROUGH, R., BAYER, J., MOLESWORTH, C., CHEUNG, K. (2004). The Heath Anthology of American literature: Volume C: Late Nineteenth Century. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. LAUTER, P., YARBOROUGH, R., CHEUNG, K., MOLESWORTH, C. (2005). The Heath Anthology of American literature, Early Nineteenth Century: 1800 - 1865. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. PROCHÁZKA, M., QUINN, J., ULMANOVÁ, H., RORABACK, E. (2002). Lectures on American Literature. Prague. RULAND, R., BRADBURY, M. (1991). From Puritanism to Postmodernism. New York: Viking Penguin. Recommended literature: 1. BERCOVITCH, S. (ed.), (1994). The Cambridge History of American Literature. Cambridge: CUP. 2. BRADBURY, M. (1992). The Modern American Novel. Oxford: OUP 3. ELLIOTT, E. et al (eds.), (2001). Columbia Literary History of the United States. Columbia University Press. 4. HENDIN, J. (ed.), (2004). A Concise Companion to Postwar American Culture and Literature. London. 5. MINTER, D. (1996). A Cultural History of the American Novel. Cambridge: CUP.