Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)
Domain / Subject : General/Others
Function : General
Trainer name : Dr Andrew Blades
Starts on : 22nd Sep 2014
Duration : 10 Weeks
Difficulty : Advanced
About the course
Some of the most wonderful fiction in English has been written by Americans. In this course we shall study key novels that constitute contrasting interpretations of twentieth-century U.S.A. We shall examine the representation of history, region and family conflict in William Faulkner’s depiction of the poverty-stricken Deep South in As I Lay Dying (1930): in Leslie Marmon Silko’s exploration of modern Pueblo Indian experience in Ceremony (1987); and in Toni Morrison’s examination of slavery in Beloved (1987).
We shall also analyse fictional accounts of personal aspiration and downfall that explore questions of individual and national identity in the modern age: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925); and Philip Roth’s American Pastoral (1998). Our studies will focus on the relationship between the literary techniques of these works and on their social and political concerns.
This course will enable participants to:
Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment due half way through the course and one longer assignment due at the end of the course. Students will have about two weeks to complete each assignment.
By the end of this course... You will understand:
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following books (in any reputable editon):
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