Course Title : American Literature I
Code Course
Credits ECTS
ELL 313-1 B 5 3 0 0 3.00 5
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language English
Course Level
Description This course introduces the movements, periods and principal authors of American literature from its beginnings to naturalism. It covers the major genres of prose, poetry and drama. Literary texts are analyzed in their historical social, contexts and their unique cultural value is elucidated.
Objectives At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1.Understand and appreciate American literature as historical documents, philosophical reflections on American values and lifestyles and as works of art. 2. Be able to read, analyze and interpret literature and relate it to their own values and experience.
Course Outline
1American literature as a conversation about what it means to be an American.
2Puritanism .William Bradford Of Plymouth Plantation and John Winthrop A model of Christian Charity.
3Puritan Poetry.Religion and literature. Anne Bradstreet The Author to Her Book, Edward Taylor Meditation.
4Rationality and Nationalism.Benjamin Franklin The Autobiography Part II, and Part III, Thomas Paine, Common Sense, J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, “Letters from an American Farmer”.
5Rationality and Nationalism. Philis Wheatley On being brought from Africa to America, Washington Irvin Rip Van Winkle
6Transcendentalism. Emerson “The American Scholar,” “Nature”.
7Transcendentalism. Thoreau “Resistance to Civil Government,” selections from Walden.
8Midterm Exam
9The American Bard.Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass,Song of Myself.
10The American Bard. Emily Dickinson Letters,
11Slave narratives and the Cult of True Womanhood. Harriet Jacobs Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter.
12Wealth and Morality.Herman Melville Bartleby the Scrivener,Moby Dick.
13Gothic Features in American Romanticism. Edgar Allan Poe
14Romantic Poets and Dramatists.
16Final Exam
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Computer Usage Presentation PPT
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Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Understand and appreciate American literature as histiorical documents, philosophical reflecitons on American values and lifestyles and as works of art.
2Be able to read, analyze amd interpret literature and relate it to their own values and experience
3Discuss the importance of research ethics and to explain the concept of ethics.
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects110
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade40
Contribution of final examination to overall grade60
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14342
Assignments 166
Midterms 11010
Final examination 11414
Other 155
Total Work Load 125
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5

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