- Class Number 6762
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Monique Rooney
- Dr Monique Rooney
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
- Dr Monique Rooney
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.
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:
- Identify key elements of twentieth-century American fiction and evaluate the similarities and differences between different narrative forms
- 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.
- Develop a critical stance on the role that narrative plays in imagining and responding to representations of everyday life.
- Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Welcome and Housekeeping. Listen to pre-recorded lecture.|
|2||Introduction, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edit Wharton short stories. Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Critical Concept Tasks A and B--Week 2 due|
|3||Gertrude Stein, 'Melanctha'. Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Critical Concept Tasks A and B--Week 3 due|
|4||Zora Neale Hurston, Short stories and essay. Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Critical Concept Tasks A and B--Week 4 due|
|5||William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying Part One. Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Critical Concept Tasks A and B--Week 5 due|
|6||William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying Part Two. Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Critical Concept Tasks A and B--Week 6 due Assessment Task Two: Short Written Exercise (1000 words) due Monday September 6. Assessment based on texts set, and critical concept exercise submitted, during weeks 1-6.|
|7||No set text; No pre-recorded lecture. Attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop||Critical Concept Task C--Week 7 due|
|8||Eudora Welty, 'Petrified Man', Flannery O'Connor 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' and Southern Gothic. Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Critical Concept Tasks A and B--Week 8 due|
|9||Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road. Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Critical Concept Tasks A and B--Week 9 due|
|10||American transients: James Baldwin and Bob Dylan. Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Critical Concept Tasks A and B--Week 10 due|
|11||Donna Tartt, The Secret History. Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Critical Concept Tasks A and B--Week 11 (final) due|
|12||Mad Men (Season One). Listen to pre-recorded lecture + attendance required at either in-person or zoom workshop.||Major Critical and Comparative Essay due on Wednesday November 3, 2021 by 8pm.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Critical Concept Exercise||25 %||*||1,2,3|
|Short Written Exercise||25 %||06/09/2021||1,2,3|
|Major Critical and Comparative essay||50 %||03/11/2021||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Critical Concept Exercise
The two parts (part A and part B) are due each week, beginning week 2 and ending week 11. For further details and marking criteria, please see both the document titled 'Assessment 1: Critical Concept Exercise' and the links to the two parts of the task on Wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Short Written Exercise
This 1000 word short written exercise is due on Monday September 6 by 8pm. For further guidelines and marking criteria, please see the turnitin link 'Short Written Exercise'.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Major Critical and Comparative essay
This 4000 word essay is due on Wednesday November 3, 2021 by 8pm. For further guidelines and details, please see the turnitin link 'Major Critical and Comparative Essay'.
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US literature, film and television
Dr Monique Rooney
Dr Monique Rooney