The American Literature Course 4101-6SLAO
The course is a chronological overview of the most significant literary epochs and trends, starting in the fifth semester with Colonial literature, through Romanticism and Transcendentalism, to Realism and Naturalism, while the second semester is devoted to the latest trends and issues such as Modernism, Postmodernism, current developments in American Literature, ethnic literature and a brief overview of American drama and kids' literature.
In an effort to raise the students' cultural and literary awareness, the course explores major American themes and myths, guides the participants through a survey of genres and techniques, and offers a perspective on such key issues as identity, ethnicity, multiculturalism and kids' literature. The students are also presented with selected critical commentaries and samples of literary theory. It also aims to acquaint participants with various ways of using American literature for ELT purposes.
List of discussed authors and title for the summer semester:
V. American literature in the 20th century - Modernism (1900s - 1946)
- T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” fragments from The Waste Land
- Ezra Pound, “In a Station of the Metro,”
- Ernest Hemingway, “The Old Man and the Sea”
VI. The Jazz Age
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
VII. American Drama and post-war literature in the 20th century
- Arthur Miller, Death of A Salesman
- J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye – fragments
VIII. American literature for children. The uses of fairy tales: psychological benefits, cultural importance, analysis.
- Wizard of Oz as an American fairy tale
- American contemporary literature for children: Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss); Hans Augusto Rey and Margaret Rey; Ursula Le Guin
Type of course
K_W01 the student has a basic knowledge of American literature oriented toward practical application in English language teaching at the first and second educational stages H1P_W01
K_W02 the student has a comprehensive area of knowledge, covering selected areas of American literature, which have practical application in English language teaching H1P_W02
K_W03 the student has an understanding of the basic academic literary terms appropriate for English language teaching H1P_W03
K_U02 the student has the necessary level of self-study skills to use a variety of sources to acquire knowledge and develop their professional competences inEnglish language teaching H1P_U02, H1A_U01, H1A_U0, H1A_U10
K_U12 the student has the ability to prepare oral presentations, in English, dealing with specific issues, using basic theoretical approaches, as well as a variety of sources H1P_U13
K_K01 the student understands the importance of lifelong learning H1P_K01
K_K02 the student is able to interact and work in a group H1P_K02
K_K05 the student is aware of their role in the promotion and preservation of the cultural heritage of the region, country and Europe, and the multilingual and multicultural character of the USA H1P_K05
Reading the assigned texts is obligatory. At the end of each semester, students sit a test which is a combination of open and multiple choice questions (50% of the final grade). Active participation in class 10%, based on attentive reading, discussion (10% of the grade); individual preparation of a lesson plan (30% of the final grade),
Presentation grading scheme: 30% (high quality content and editing, originally designed materials) – 5,0; good quality – 4,0; good content but a few of mistakes – 3,0; poor quality and numerous mistakes – 2,0
Test grading scheme:
100%- 93% - 5,0
92% - 84% - 4,5
83% - 75% - 4,0
74% - 66% - 3,5
65% - 60% - 3,0
<60% - 2
Baym, N. (ed), The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 2 vols., 5th ed., Norton, W.W., & Company, Newy York, 2001.
Beaty, J. & Hunter, J.P., New Worlds of Literature, Norton & Company, W. W., New York, 1994.
Bradbury, M. & Ruland, R., From Puritanism to Postmodernism: a History of American Literature, Viking, New York, 1991.
Elliott, E., American Colonial Writers 1606-1734, Gale Research Co., Detroit, Mich., 1984.
Elliott, E.,American Colonial Writers 1735-1781, Gale Research Co., Detroit, Mich., 1984.
Greenberg, M.H. (ed.), Great Stories of the American West II, Berkley Books, New Yourk, 1997.
Hart, J.D. (ed.), The Oxford Companion to American Literature, OUP, Oxford, 1995.
High, P.B., An Outline of American Literature, Longman, London, 1989.
Jones, S.W. (ed.), Growing up in the South: An Anthology of Modern Southern Literature, Mentor, New York, 1991.
Kenner, H., The Pound Era, University of California Press, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1974.
Kostalanetz, R. (ed.) American Writing Today, 2 vols., Forum Series, United States International Communication Agency, Washington DC, 1982.
Lanter, P. (ed.) The Heath Anthology of American Literature, 2 vols., 3rd ed., Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston & New York, 1998.
Lewicki, Z. (ed), A Handbook of American Literature for Students of English, US Embassy Cultural Section, Warsaw, 1990.
Litz, A. W. (ed.), Major American Short Stories, OUP, New York & Oxford, 1994.
McQuade, D. (ed.) The Harper Single Volume of American Literature, 3rd ed., Longman, New Yourk, 1999.
Perkins, D., A History of Modern Poetry, 2 vols., the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., & London, 1976.
Rubin, L.D., The Faraway Contry: Writers of the Modern South, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1963.
Richler M, (ed.), The Best of Modern Humor, Knopf, A.A., New York, 1983.
Velie, A. (ed.), American Indian Literature: An Anthology, Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1979.
Wagner-Martin, L. & Davidson, C.M. (eds), The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States, OUP, Oxford & New York, 1995.
Wiget, A. (ed.), Critical Essays on Native American Literature, Hall, G.K. Boston, Mass., 1985.
Williford, L. & Martone, M. (eds), The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: Fifty North American Stories Since 1970, Scribner Paperback Fiction, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1999.
Wilmeth, D.B. (ed.), The Cambridge History of American Theatre, CUP, New York, 1998.
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
- Teaching Foreign Languages, English, French (2nd subject), full time studies, first cycle programme
- Teaching foreign languages: English, 2nd subj. teaching 'history and social studies'
- Teaching Foreign Languages, English, German (2nd subject), full-time, first-cycle studies
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