Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week. |
Total Time Commitment:
Total expected time commitment is 170-hours across the semester, including class time.
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106-228 American Classics
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CoordinatorAssoc Prof Elizabeth Maxwell
Assoc Prof (Elizabeth) Anne Maxwell
What causes some literary works to be consistently read by large numbers of people? In this subject, students study a selection of works commonly regarded as classics of 19th century American literature, looking at how the works have challenged or contributed, as the case may be, to some of the prevailing myths of American society. The aesthetic and historical contexts in which the texts were written will be a major focus, as will themes such as Puritan culture, the Gothic undercurrents of American writing, slavery, the American frontier and westward expansion, the American South, the concept of individualism, the retreating wilderness, the growth of American cities and mercantilism, the new woman and male and female sexuality. We will also study the texts' relation to Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism. Students who complete the subject will have a better appreciation of why these and other so-called 'classic' texts consistently attract readers and why they continue to form the substance of teaching programs and literary criticism.
Students who complete this subject will:
Written work of 4000 words, comprising one essay of 1500 words (due mid semester) 40%, one essay of 2000 words a take-home examination (due in the examination period) 50% and one 10 minute class presentation of 500 words 10%. This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
A subject reader will be available.
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
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Students who successfully complete this subject will:
Students who have undertaken 673-343 American Classics are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications) |
English and Theatre Studies |
English and Theatre Studies
English and Theatre Studies
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