EL48BN The Guilded Age: American Literature 1880-1925
15 credit points: 6 weeks
Course Co-ordinator: Dr H Hutchison
Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 4 or by permission of the Head of School.
Note(s): This is a 6-week course.
The late nineteenth century brought industrialisation and a new sophistication into American culture. This course focuses on American writing at this time of astonishing social and intellectual change. Issues such as wealth and society, innocence and decadence, the urban environment, the growth of New York, the conscious mind and the role of women emerge in the novels and poetry of the period. This course aims to examine the response of writers to these issues, and the new forms of writing which they explore as they open the door to Modernism. Authors to be studied include James, Wharton, Dreiser and Fitzgerald.
2 two-hour seminars per week.
1st Attempt: In-course assessment: 2,500-3,000 word essay (80%) and seminar work (20%).