A Survey of American Literature

This course will give an introduction to the diversity of American literature. It complements the lecture "A History of American Literature," which is offered every summer semester. Reading and analyzing texts from pre-colonial times to the present, we will try to get an overview of important movements and authors. In our discussions of writings taken from all main literary genres we will attempt to determine some of the characteristics of American literature in general and of individual periods and writers in particular.

Short introductory lectures on the various periods of American literature will provide the literary and cultural background for our discussion of exemplary texts. You should only take this class if you are prepared to do the reading. Course Readings: - Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn. Bantam, USA. ISBN-10: 0553210793 ISBN-13: 978-0553210798 If available, the Dover Thrift Edition is very reasonably priced. This book is also available online at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/Twa2Huc.html - Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun. Vintage Books USA. ISBN: 0679755330. A reader containing all additional course texts will be available at the copy shop located at Reckhammerweg 4 after the first class meeting.


GK Literaturwissenschaft vorausgesetzt. Anmeldung über zentrales Anmeldeverfahren erforderlich. Bitte auf die entsprechenden Ankündigungen (Anglistik Homepage & Aushänge) achten. Dieses Seminar wird in jedem Semester angeboten; für "Magister Amerikanistik" und "Magister Anglistik mit Hauptfach USA"-Studierende wird der Besuch dieser Lehrveranstaltung im Laufe des Grundstudiums nachdrücklich empfohlen.