From its colonial origins to the present, American literature has posed questions regarding the meaning of America, striving to articulate a sense of national cultural identity. For the first several centuries, American writers struggled to emerge from the shadow of Europe. It was during the 19th century, the period of the so-called American Renaissance, that American writers found their own voice for the first time as they evoked the country with an unpretentious directness of style and fidelity to what they saw as a distinctly American valuation of experience. More recent literature of the modern and postmodern periods has formed in reaction to the increased complexity and diversity of the United States. Our study will read and interpret samples of poetry, short fiction, essays, biography, and one complete novel. Although all of these works stand on their own, we can trace a continuing engagement with American ideology throughout these texts.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.