Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
WL31820
Module Title
Literature of the American West
Academic Year
2019/2020
Co-ordinator
Semester
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 x 2,500 word essays  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should typically be able to:
1 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the core literary texts and of appropriate critical approaches to the study of those texts

2 demonstrate an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts in which the set material was produced

3 write about the set material in a well-structured and well-argued way

4 illustrate their knowledge and views by drawing upon appropriate literary, historical and critical sources beyond the core literary texts

5 demonstrate developing skills in critical analysis

Brief description

1: Course Introduction

2: Rambling, Prospecting, Telling Tall Tales
Required reading: Mark Twain, Roughing It (1872)

3: Ecology, Feminism and the Desert
Required reading: Mary Austin, The Land of Little Rain (1903); and Frederick Jackson Turner, 'The Frontier in American History' (1893)

4: The Western
Required reading: Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)

5: The Great Plains
Required reading: Willa Cather, My Antonia (1917)

6: Los Angeles Noir
Required reading: Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep (1939)

7: Native American Fiction
Required reading: Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977)

8: Border Fiction
Required reading: Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses (1992)

9: Documenting the US-Mexico Border
Required reading: Luis Alberto Urrea, Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border (1993)

10: Masculinity
Required reading and viewing: E. Annie Proulx, 'Brokeback Mountain' (1999); and Brokeback Mountain (dir. Ang Lee, 2005)

Aims

1: Course Introduction

2: Rambling, Prospecting, Telling Tall Tales
Required reading: Mark Twain, Roughing It (1872)

3: Ecology, Feminism and the Desert
Required reading: Mary Austin, The Land of Little Rain (1903); and Frederick Jackson Turner, 'The Frontier in American History' (1893)

4: The Western
Required reading: Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)

5: The Great Plains
Required reading: Willa Cather, My Antonia (1917)

6: Los Angeles Noir
Required reading: Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep (1939)

7: Native American Fiction
Required reading: Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977)

8: Border Fiction
Required reading: Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses (1992)

9: Documenting the US-Mexico Border
Required reading: Luis Alberto Urrea, Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border (1993)

10: Masculinity
Required reading and viewing: E. Annie Proulx, 'Brokeback Mountain' (1999); and Brokeback Mountain (dir. Ang Lee, 2005)

Content

1: Course Introduction

2: Rambling, Prospecting, Telling Tall Tales
Required reading: Mark Twain, Roughing It (1872)

3: Ecology, Feminism and the Desert
Required reading: Mary Austin, The Land of Little Rain (1903); and Frederick Jackson Turner, 'The Frontier in American History' (1893)

4: The Western
Required reading: Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)

5: The Great Plains
Required reading: Willa Cather, My Antonia (1917)

6: Los Angeles Noir
Required reading: Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep (1939)

7: Native American Fiction
Required reading: Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977)

8: Border Fiction
Required reading: Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses (1992)

9: Documenting the US-Mexico Border
Required reading: Luis Alberto Urrea, Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border (1993)

10: Masculinity
Required reading and viewing: E. Annie Proulx, 'Brokeback Mountain' (1999); and Brokeback Mountain (dir. Ang Lee, 2005)

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6