American Literary Canons (Amerikai irodalmi kánonok) in spring 2019
Bollobás Enikő, Thu 11:30–13:00, R356, host: DAS (R306)
3-credit seminar, 28 h/term; strong prereq: BMA-AMED-102, AMED-103, AMED17-130
description & set texts
This core graduate course is an advanced survey of American literature, the several traditions, movements, schools, and trends that make up its diverse canons. It builds on a basic knowledge of American literature accumulated in survey courses at the BA level and through your own readings. Here we will explore the internal dynamics of canon formation: the ways authors tackled the social issues and artistic demands of their times and often came up with similar or at least comparable solutions—in other words, how they created literary movements, schools, and traditions. Students will be able to download the harder-to-find texts in pdf form from SEAS3.
requirements & assessment
Grades will be based on (i) the exhibited comprehension of the assigned texts, (ii) a total of ten pieces of homework, (iii) classroom work, involving active participation as well as the random presentation of written homework, (iv) a final oral exam. If any part of this grade is a 1 (fail grade), the final grade is a 1 too. If any part of this grade is a 1 (fail grade), the final grade is a 1 too.