ENG250H1F - L0501
Introduction to American Literature
Times: LEC - Mon 6-8 pm (3 TUTs Wed 6-7 pm; 3 TUTs Wed 7-8 pm)
Instructor: S. Rayter
Office Location: UC A303
Brief Description of Course: This course will introduce students to a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, essays, and slave narratives, by a number of writers seen as key figures in American literature but also some who are less well-known and we will examine how their works reflect national and individual concerns with freedom and identity, particularly in relation to race, gender and sexuality.
Required Reading(s): We will be using the shorter 10th edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature (published July 2022), with works by writers such as Franklin, Jacobs, Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Dickinson, Bierce, Chopin, Gilman, Cather, James, Wharton, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, Welty, Far, Morrison, Carver, O’Hara, Moore, Machado and others.
First Few Authors/Texts: Franklin, Jacobs, Irving, Hawthorne
Method of Instruction: Lecture & Tutorial.
Method of Evaluation: Take-home Mid-term Test (20%); Essay (30%); Participation in tutorials (20%); Take-home Exam (30%).
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