An Introduction to American Literature

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ABOUT THIS COURSE

SESSIONS

  • Week 01:
    • Ice Breaking
    • Introducing the Syllabus
    • Course Title
    • What is “American Literature”?
    • The Americanness of American Literature
    • Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci
    • Explorers and adventurers with many stories to tell
    • Exaggerated accounts about America
    • The Origin of the American Dream
    • Discovery, Exploration and Settlement
    • The Spirit of New England
    • Puritanism:
    • Salem
    • The Notorious Witch Hunts
    • The American South
  • Week 02:
  • Weeks 03:
    • The Rise and Development of American Poetry
    • Anne Bradstreet’s “Verses upon the Burning of our House” (1666)
    • Please read page 34 in your textbook to learn about Anne Bradstreet’s life and style of writing
  • Week 04:
    • Emily Dickinson’s “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” (1891)
  • Week 05:
    • Robert Frost’s “The Road No Taken” (1916)
  • Week 06:
    • e.e.cummings’ “l(a” (1958)
    • Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool” (1960)
  • Weeks 07:
    • The Rise and Development of the American Short Story
    • Washington Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker” (1824)
    • Read pages 126-136 in your textbook
  • Week 08:
    • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Oval Portrait” (1842)
  • Week 09:
    • John Updike’s “A&P” (1961)
  • Week 10:
    • The Rise and Development of the American Novel
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850)
  • Week 11:
    • Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851)
  • Week 12:
    • John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (1937)
  • Week 13:
    • Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
  • Week 14:
    • The Rise and Development of American Drama
    • The Theme of the American Dream
    • Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape (1922)
  • Week 15:
    • Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949)

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL

The following movie provides an interesting and detailed account of Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America.

Here is a short introduction to American literature:

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