American Literature
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Course title in Estonian
Ameerika kirjandus
Course title in English
American Literature
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
Paul Rüsse (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To give an overview of the history of American literature from the Colonial period to the present.
Brief description of the course
The Colonial period and the notion of the American Dream. The role of the frontier. Enlightenment. Romanticism and transcendentalism. Abolitionist literature. Realism and naturalism. The impact of the two world wars. Various manifestations of modernism and postmodernism: the Lost Generation; the literary renaissance of the American South; beatniks; the impact of mass culture; science fiction; the historical and feminist novel; black humour; the flourishing of ethnic and ecological fiction.
Learning outcomes in the course
Studens are
• aware of the peculiarities of American literary periods and their main facts;
• able to place texts within relevant historical and cultural contexts and compare them with texts from other literary traditions.
Paul Rüsse
Replacement literature
Bercovitch, S. The Cambridge History of American Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994.
Gray, Richard. A History of American Literature. Malden: Blackwell, 2004.
Parini, Jay, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. 4 vols. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004.