|| EN11120 |
|| AMERICAN LIT II: NEW IMMIGRATION TO MULTICULTURAL NATION |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Dr Martin Padget |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Ms Cristina Bellodi, Mrs Carol M Marshall, Mr John Wrighton, Dr Luke A Thurston, Dr Matthew R Jarvis, Dr Matthew C Francis |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 5 fortnightly one hour lectures |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || Weekly 1.5 hour seminars/workshops |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Two essays on two seminar topics NOT already examined in the essays||40%|
|Semester Assessment|| 2 x 2000 word essays. One essay will ask for literary analysis based on one set of the seminar texts. The other will require students to investigate a particular topic, theme or issue in relation to the literature on the module.||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours resubmit any failed elements and/or make good missing elements ||40%|
At the end of the module student should be able to demonstrate:
1. an analytical approach to the literary texts set for study and a critical attitude towards published scholarship on the subject of those texts;
2. an ability to analyse the forces at work in forming a literary canon and in calling it into question;
3. an ability to conduct elementary research and to develop writing skills through conducting different sorts of assignments;
4. an ability to develop small group work within seminars and to make individual and group presentations;
5. an ability to employ rhetorical skills of effective communication in written essays and in oral discussion.
This module introduces students to a range of twentieth century American literature, from the writings of late nineteenth-century immigrants to the multicultural voices of the late twentieth century. It focuses on the differences between the myths and realities of American experience and investigates the relationship between literature and society. Attention is paid to both genre and to the issues that have preoccupied many American writers. For students taking American Studies, it will develop the skills and knowledge required for the interdisciplinary study of American culture at Part II.
TIMETABLE OF LECTURES AND SEMINARS
Lecture 1: The New Urban America (Tim Woods)
Related seminars: 1. Immigrant Voices; 2. The Jazz Age
Lecture 2: The Impact and Aftermath of the Great Depression (Helena Grice)
Related seminars: 3. The New Negro Renaissance; 4. The Great Depression
Lecture 3: Suppression and Subversion (Matt Jarvis)
Related seminars: 5. Cold War Culture and Its Discontents; 6. Emergent Feminist Voices
Lecture 4: Postmodernity in America (Matt Jarvis)
Related seminars: 7. Civil Rights in the 1960s; 8. Postmodern Fictions
Lecture 5: American Multiculturalism (Helena Grice)
Related seminars: 9. New Communities, New Identities; 10. Multicultural Voices
SEMINAR CONTENTS AND SET TEXTS
EACH DISCUSSION WILL ASSUME THAT STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIRED READING BEFORE COMING TO THE SEMINAR.
Please note that you MUST have read Willa Cather, O Pioneers! for your first seminar, as there is no introductory seminar meeting in this module. You must also bring your copy of the Heath Anthology with you to the first seminar. Your tutor may make use of the section called 'The Making of "Americans"' (pp. 823-886).
It should be emphasised that the framework below will guide the broad directions of study rather than dictating every aspect of it. We hope and expect that students will bring to each seminar their own responses and ideas generated from their own reading of these literary texts.
ALL PAGE NUMBERS in the list below refer to the FOURTH EDITION of The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Vol.2, edited by Paul Lauter et al.
Seminar 1: Immigrant Voices
Set Text: Willa Cather, O Pioneers!; at the tutor's discretion, The Heath Anthology (pp. 823-886)
This seminar will concentrate upon Cather as an example of the westward expansion and settlement of new immigrants to the midwest.
Seminar 2: The Jazz Age
Set Text: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
This seminar will examine the the social and cultural decadence of the so-called 'Jazz Age'.
Seminar 3: The New Negro Renaissance
Set Texts: from the Heath Anthology, Vol. 2 - Jean Toomer (pp. 1579-1598); Langston Hughes (pp. 1598-1608); Zora Neale Hurston (pp. 1656-1673); Claude McKay (pp. 1673-1679).
The so-called 'Harlem Renaissance' marked the beginning of a new political and cultural consciousness in African American society. This seminar will consider the impact and effectiveness of these new representations of African American urban culture.
Seminar 4: The Great Depression
Set Text: Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts
This seminar will examine the effects of the Great Depression on American society, and the ways in which these effects were represented in fiction, drama and journalism.
Seminar 5: Cold War Culture and its Discontents
Set Texts: from the Heath Anthology, Vol. 2 - Allen Ginsberg (pp. 2293-2307); Lawrence Ferlinghetti (pp. 2315-2323); Gary Snyder (pp. 2348-2353).
This seminar will investigate the representations of America by writers disaffected with American triumphalism and self-satisfaction during the Cold War, and their attempts to articulate alternative social and political visions of national identity.
Seminar 6: Emergent Feminist Voices
Set Texts: from the Heath Anthology, Vol. 2 - Tillie Olsen (pp. 2213-2240); Adrienne Rich (pp. 2525-2534); Sylvia Plath, (pp. 2368-2378).
This seminar will focus upon American women writers of the 1950s, and their increasing discontent with the compalcent domestic and suburban roles ascribed to women.
Seminar 7: Civil Rights in the 1960s
Set Texts: from the Heath Anthology, Vol. 2 - Lorraine Hansberry (pp. 2389-2449); Martin Luther King, Jr. (pp. 2455-2459); Amiri Baraka (pp. 2597-2603).
Concentrating on the politics and economics of race in the 1960s.
Seminar 8: Postmodern Fictions
Set Texts: from the Heath Anthology, Vol. 2 - John Barth (pp. 2824-2840); Thomas Pynchon (pp. 2846-2857).
Focusing on the cultural phenomenon known as 'postmodernism'.
Seminar 9: New Communities, New Identities
Set Texts: from the Heath Anthology, Vol. 2 - Joy Harjo (pp.3078-3088); Wendy Rose (pp. 3116-3126); Gary Soto (3071-3078); Simon Ortiz (pp. 3161-3167).
First of two seminars on the emergence of strong literary multicultural voices in the late twentieth century. This seminar will pay particular attention to the poetry of Native American and Chicano voices.
Seminar 10: Multicultural Voices
Set Text: Gish Jen, Typical American
Continuing the focus on multicultural writing, paying particular attention to an example of Asian American writing.
** Should Be Purchased
Paul Lauter et al., (eds.) (1998) The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Vol. 2, 1865 - The Present (4th edition)
Houghton Mifflin (Academic) 061810920X
Willa Cather (1994) O Pioneers!
Dover Thrift Edition 0486277852
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1994) The Great Gatsby
Penguin Popular Classics 0140620184
Nathanael West (1975) Miss Lonelyhearts
New Directions 0811202151
Gish Jen (1998) Typical American
This module is at CQFW Level 4