North American Literature - 1st semester
a) To enable a global survey of North-American literature from its origins until the Second World War.
b) To examine the literary works in its cultural and historical context.
c) To assess the specific characteristics of the American literary production in the period under consideration.
d) To be able to critically explore the authors works written and published in the period under consideration.
Isabel Oliveira Martins
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Ruland, Richard and Bradbury, Malcolm (eds.). 1991. From Puritanism to Post-Modernism. A History of American Literature, N.Y.: Routledge.
Donaldson, Scott (ed.). 1996. The Cambridge Companion to American Literature, N.Y.: Cambridge University Press.
Harding, Brian. 1982. American Literature in Context II. 1830-1865, N.Y.: Methuen.
Hook, Andrew. 1983. American Literature in Context III. 1865-1900, N.Y.: Methuen.
Lee, Brian. 1987. American Fiction. 1865-1940, London and New York: Longman.
40% (Practical) 60% (theoretical)
The critical study of the literary texts will be privileged in the teachers lectures together with the study of the context in which the works were produced. This will be accompanied by the study of other kind of bibliographical material, such as studies and essays about the authors and the context in which their works were produced.
Evaluation will include active participation in class, a discussion in class of one of the texts (by one or more students), and a final written test.
1.General introduction to the course: a survey of American literature since colonial times until the Second World War.
2.The Land and the Puritan legacy
John Smith, A Description of New England (selection)
John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity
Anne Bradstreet (selection of poems)
3.The search for a national and literary identity
3.1. The American Enlightenment
Benjamin Franklin, Information to Those Who Would Remove to America
3.2. The Transcendentalist influence
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
Henry David Thoreau, On Civil Disobedience
Herman Melville, Bartebly, the Scrivener
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Ministers Black Veil
Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat
Walt Whitman (selection of poems)
Emily Dickinson (selection of poems)
4.The transition into the 20th century
Mark Twain, The War Prayer
Stephen Crane, The Open Boat
5.The search for answers in the period between the two World Wars.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby