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Course Code: 
ELIT 204
Semester: 
Spring
Course Type: 
Core
P: 
3
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
8
Course Language: 
English
Course Coordinator: 
Course Objectives: 
The course aims to introduce the student to the literature developed in northern America from the end of the American Civil War to the end of WW II. Students are also exposed to terminology and modes of approach to the study and analysis of literary texts with the aim of developing skills necessary for students of literature.
Course Content: 

In addition to theoretical knowledge offered as overview for each historical and literary period under study, selected samples from the works of authors of the period will be studied and analyzed chronologically.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 12: Text Study
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing B: Presentation C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Programme Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1)  To provide a historical and cultural background of a literary period and to introduce literary trends, movements, authors and texts pertaining to each period. 1-2

5-10

1,2,3 A,C
2)  To equip the students with knowledge of the development of American literature under the influence of social, political, spiritual and economic forces and various literary trends, schools and movements. 1-2

5-10

1,2,3 A,C
3)  For the students to gain knowledge in each literary period and to become acquainted with the concepts and terminology used in the identification and analysis of sample literary texts for each genre and sub variants. 1-2

5-10

1,2,3 A,C
4)  To equip the students with the necessary critical faculties, analytical approach, interdisciplinary vision and analytical, interpretative and inference skills for a successful understanding of literature in various genres and forms. 1-2

5-10

1,2,3 A,C
5)  To read, study, analyze and evaluate texts representative of various literary periods and genres. 1-2

5-10

1,2,3 A,C

 

Course Flow

COURSE CONTENT
Week Topics Materials
1 Introduction to the course, explanation of course objectives and materials, course requirements and assessment, pacing schedule and obtaining materials Materials provided
2 American Literature 1865-1914: Historical Background of mid-19th century American Literature to WWI: Regionalism and Realism; Naturalism

MARK TWAIN (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910)  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

BRET HARTE (1836-1902)  The Outcasts of Poker Flat; Luck of Roaring Camp

WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS (1837-1920)  The Rise of Silas Lapham; Novel-Writing and Novel-Reading

AMBROSE BIERCE (1842-1914?)  The Devil's Dictionary; The Baby Tramp

by instructor
3 HENRY JAMES (1843-1916)  The Europeans; The Art of Fiction;

JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS (1848-1908)  Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings: The Wonderful Tar Baby Story

SARAH ORNE JEWETT (1849-1909)  A White Heron

KATE CHOPIN (1850-1904)  The Awakening

MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN (1852-1930)  The Cat

 
4 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (1856?-1915)  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography

CHARLES W. CHESNUTT (1858-1932)  The Goophered Grapevine from The Conjure Woman:

HAMLIN GARLAND (1860-1940)  A Red Man's View of Evolution; Drifting Crane; Under the Lion’s Paw

O. HENRY (1862-1910) To Him Who Waits; The Gift of the Magi

EDITH WHARTON (1862-1937)  The Seed of the Faith

W. E. B. DU BOIS (1868-1963)  The Souls of Black Folk

 
5 EMMA GOLDMAN (1869-1940)  Living My Life

FRANK NORRIS (1870-1902)  McTeague

STEPHEN CRANE (1871-1900)  The Red Badge of Courage; Maggie: A Girl of the Streets; A Dark Brown Dog

THEODORE DREISER (1871-1945)  Sister Carrie

JACK LONDON (1876-1916)  The Call of the Wild; The Law of Life;

 
6 American Literature 1914-1945: Historical Background of American Literature 20th century, first half: Modernism; 1920s: The Jazz Age; Prohibition; 1929: The Crash; 1930s: Depression; Harlem Renaissance

EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON (1869-1935)  Richard Cory

WILLA CATHER (1873-1947)  The Treasure of Far Island

GERTRUDE STEIN (1874-1946)  Tender Buttons

AMY LOWELL (1874-1925)  Decade; Aubade; The Red Lacquer Music-Stand

 
7 ROBERT FROST (1874-1963)  The Road Not Taken; Stopping by the Woods

SHERWOOD ANDERSON (1876-1941)  Winesburg, Ohio

CARL SANDBURG (1878-1967)  The Fog; Choose

UPTON SINCLAIR (1878-1968)  The Jungle

WALLACE STEVENS (1879-1955)  The Snow Man

VACHEL LINDSAY (1879-1931) The Congo

SARA TEASDALE (1884-1933) Dust

 
8 MIDTERM EXAM (TENTATIVE)

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (1883-1963)  The Red Wheelbarrow;

ELINOR WYLIE (1885-1928)  Quarrel; Sea Lullaby; Pretty Words

RING LARDNER (1885-1933)  Haircut

SINCLAIR LEWIS (1885-1951) Babbitt

 
9 Imagism and the Imagists

EZRA POUND (1885-1972)  A Pact; L’Art, 1910; The Tea Shop

JOYCE KILMER (1886-1918)  Trees

H. D. (HILDA DOOLITTLE) (1886-1961)  Heat

JOHN HALL WHEELOCK (1886-1962)  Earth

ROBINSON JEFFERS (1887-1962)  Fire On The Hills

 
10 MARIANNE MOORE (1887-1972)  Poetry

T. S. ELIOT (1888-1965)  The Waste Land; The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

EUGENE O’NEILL (1888-1953)  The Hairy Ape

JOHN CROWE RANSOM (1888-1974)  Blue Girls

CLAUDE MCKAY (1889-1948)  Harlem Shadows

CONRAD AIKEN (1889-1973)  The House of Dust

 
11 H. P. LOVECRAFT (1890-1937)  The Colour Out of Space

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER (1890-1980)  Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Old Mortality;

EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY (1892-1950)  First Fig; Renascence

ARCHIBALD MACLEISH (1892-1982)  Ars Poetica

JAMES THURBER (1894–1961)  The Unicorn in the Garden;

 
12 E. E. CUMMINGS (1894-1962)  hist…whist; Me up at does

JEAN TOOMER (1894-1967)  Reapers

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (1896-1940)  The Great Gatsby

JOHN DOS PASSOS (1896-1970)  Three Soldiers

WILLIAM FAULKNER (1897-1962)  A Rose for Emily;

 
13 THORNTON WILDER (1897-1975) Our Town

HART CRANE (1899-1932)  Carmen de Boheme

ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1899-1961)  The Killers;

 
14 ALLEN TATE (1899-1979)  The Mediterranean

THOMAS WOLFE (1900-1938)  Of Time and the River

JOHN STEINBECK (1902-1968)  The Grapes of Wrath

 
15 LANGSTON HUGHES (1902-1967)  Dream Variations; South Dixie

NATHANEAL WEST (1903-1940)  Day of the Locust

COUNTEE CULLEN (1903-1946)  Yet Do I Marvel

 

 

Recommended Sources

RECOMMENDED SOURCES
Norton Anthology of American Literature  
   

 

Assessment

ASSESSMENT
IN-TERM STUDIES NUMBER PERCENTAGE
Mid-Term 1 30
Class Performance 1 40
Final Exam 1 30
Total   100
CONTRIBUTION OF FINAL PAPER TO OVERALL GRADE   30
CONTRIBUTION OF IN-TERM STUDIES TO OVERALL GRADE   70
Total   100

 

Course’s Contribution to Program

COURSE'S CONTRIBUTION TO PROGRAMME
Programme Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5  
The ability to apply knowledge of English, literature and social sciences to topics including culture, society, ethics, politics etc.     X      
The ability to review, analyse and apply the relevant literature/genre.       X    
The ability to carry out interdisciplinary reading and analysis.   X        
The ability to utilise the basic concepts and issues of literary theories in developing life strategies   X        
Awareness of professional ethics and responsibility       X    
Effective communication skills.     X      
A sufficiently broad education to understand the global and social impact of literary movements.     X      
An awareness of the importance of lifelong learning and the ability to put it into practice.     X      
A knowledge of issues in contemporary literature and of the cultural issues of the period.       X    
The ability to use sources and modern tools in order to carry out research in the areas of literature and aesthetics.     X      

 

ECTS

ECTS ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD BY THE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Workload (Hour)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 15x Total course hours/week) 15 3 45
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice, review/week) 15 5 75
Homework 20 2 30
Exams 2 20 40
Total Work Load     190
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     7.6
ECTS Credit of the Course     8