- Code ENGL3021
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject English
- Areas of interest English, History, Literature
This course examines a selection of key texts published in the US in the nineteenth century, a key period in the nation's development as a modern republic. Students will read and study the works of those writers (Emerson and Whitman) whose embracing of democratic energies and creation of aesthetic forms seemed to capture the spirit of a new republican age. We will analyse these much-celebrated works alongside 1) the works of minority writers and 2) the proliferation of mass-marketed popular fiction during this period.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, student will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify distinctive features of and evaluate the similarities and differences between various narrative forms (literary, popular and intellectual) in the context of key changes taking place in 19th Century US society and culture.
- Think, write and argue about the importance of literary, intellectual and popular approaches in the context of the role of the ‘representative self’ and in relation to advancements in communications and print technologies in 19th Century US society and culture.
- Develop a critical stance on the role that literary, intellectual and popular narrative forms play in representing 19th Century US culture as well as imagining and shaping that culture.
Indicative AssessmentEssay of 1,500 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Essay of 2,500 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
In-class oral presentation and 150-200 word write-up of tutorial presentation (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
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WorkloadOne lecture (1.5 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour) per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7.5 hours of independent study per teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|15 Feb 2016
|26 Feb 2016
|31 Mar 2016
|27 May 2016