American Literature: Twentieth Century

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    American Literature: Twentieth Century

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 points from ENGL 200-299, 20 further points from ENGL 200-299, CREW 200-299, THEA 205, 211

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will be concerned with studying the developments in American Literature, in prose and poetry, from the turn of the 20th century to the present. The course considers the impact of major literary movements of the 20th century, including Modernism, the Beats, Minimalism or "Dirty Realism", and the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry movement of the 1980s. 50% internal assessment, 50% examination.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. write attentive critical interpretations of literary texts
    2. demonstrate a knowledge of some of the key literary movements of the Twentieth century
    3. Write an extended essay using the critical interpretation of literary texts as the basis for developing a coherent argument comparing the literature of two different decades
    4. place a range of significant American writers within a literary and cultural context

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