School of English and Drama

The Invention of America: American Literature, 1870 to the Early Twentieth Century

Module code: ESH277B

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Thursday 2 pm - 3 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 (roughly) 1870 to the early 1900s; in doing so, it traces American social, cultural and intellectual history from the aftermath of the Civil War to the emergence of the United States as a continental, globally-influential power. Issues to be addressed include the contrasting novelistic philosophies and styles of Mark Twain and Henry James; the experience of Americans in Europe; antebellum 'race' relations; industry, immigration and the western frontier. Authors to be studied include Twain, James, James Weldon Johnson, Crane, Chopin, and Cather.

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