Faculties and centres
This course offers students an introductory view of noteworthy American authors, literary movements and works from the Colonial period through to the Nineteenth century. Among the authors included in this course are William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Henry James.
Students are required to read all the set texts and to become familiar with the historical, philosophical or cultural contexts from which they emerged.
To obtain a deeper understanding of the United States of America, of what it represents and how it sees itself, through its texts.
To read a representative cross-section of American literary texts written during the period covered by this course (1690-1899)
To develop the capacity of making an informed analysis of an array of literary texts
To learn about the historical, cultural, social and political contexts within which these texts were created