English and drama

American Literature Since 1890: Part II

Module code: Q3172
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module will introduce significant and canonical texts by American writers produced since 1945. By analysing the working of class, gender and race in these texts we will explore many of the social and cultural issues associated with the American modernity and American post-modernist aesthetics. We will observe the different ways in which writers tackle or avoid important economic and social questions of the period.

Module learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of major trends and concerns in American literature from 1900 through to 2000.
  • Critical understanding of the interrelation between literary modes of writing and other public discourses.
  • Ability to analyse these different forms of discourse and to apply a professional critical vocabulary to describe them.
  • Ability to communicate such understanding, analysis, and critical insight in written form.