School of English and Drama

The Invention of America: American Literature, 1630 to the Early Twentieth Century

Module code: ESH277

Credits: 30.0
Semester: YEAR

  • Semester 1: Thursday 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Semester 2: Thursday 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Semester 1: Thursday 3 pm - 4 pm
  • Semester 2: Thursday 3 pm - 4 pm

Contact: To Be Confirmed
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module surveys a rich array of American literature from the seventeenth century to the early 1900s; in doing so, it traces American social, cultural and intellectual history from the earliest colonial settlements to the emergence of the United States as a continental, globally-influential power. Issues to be addressed include the nature of religious belief in the colonial period; attitudes towards Native American amongst colonialists; early environmentalist consciousness; `Republican┬┐ or `patriotic┬┐ sexuality; slavery and ideas of `race┬┐; the experience of Americans in Europe; industry, immigration and the western frontier. Authors to be studied include Cooper, Emerson, Hawthorne, Douglass, Jacobs, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, James, Chopin, and Cather.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5