• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English

This course examines a selection of American novels, novellas and short stories that were published during what is now sometimes referred to as, the 'American Century'. In investigating a selection of twentieth-century US texts, we will analyse and reflect on the connections between authors' experimentations and/or narrative innovations, their use of more traditional forms and genres and their exploration of modern and postmodern American themes. Topics to be explored include the role of writing/literature in the age of multi- and digital media; racial/ multicultural/"post"racial identities; the role of the city, the suburbs and other American regions; utopian and dystopian visions of the future; literature and form/genre.    The course will conclude with our exploration of the contemporary cable television drama, Mad Men, a series that can be thought of as thematising post 9/11 preoccupations with the idea that America has entered a new age of decline.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. identify key elements of twentieth-century American fiction and evaluate the similarities and differences between different narrative forms
  2. think, write and argue about the importance of literary, generic,  intellectual and populist approaches to understanding everyday life in the context of the United States as a post-industrial or technologically advanced society.
  3. develop a critical stance on the role that narrative plays in imagining and responding to representations of everyday life.

Indicative Assessment


Assessed tutorial presentation 15 mins and 150-200 word write-up of tutorial presentation (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
Essay of 1,500 words (30%) [LO 1, 2]
Essay of 2,500 words (50%) [LO 1, 2, 3]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b)100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of English (ENGL) Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.Incompatible with ENGL6029

Preliminary Reading

Gertrude Stein, Three Lives

William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

Donna Tartt, A Secret History 

Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

Mad Men (AMC, Series One)

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4277 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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