THIS DESCRIPTION ALSO COVERS THE LECTURE American and Canadian Literature 1 - Beginnings to Civil War. The LECTURE American and Canadian Literature 2 - Civil War to WW2 is covered only to WW1!
American and Canadian Literature: Beginnings – WW1 (lecture)
Procházka, Kolínská (presentations on early Canadian literature)
To trace the development of literature on the territory of the present U.S.A. from the beginning to World War 1 in a wider cultural and social context.
1. Beginnings to the Revolution
The course traces general tendencies in the process of establishing American literature. It combines historical and literary approaches with the main focus on the Puritan tradition and the literary achievements of the Revolution, and their most important representatives. The course also provides the students with elementary information about the political and historical aspects of American culture of 17th and 18th century.
2. Early Republic to the Civil War
The course focuses on some important features of American literature during the period of the search for national identity (the Revolution through the beginning of Civil War), especially on American Romanticism and Transcendentalism.
3. Civil War to World War 1 (5 lectures)
The growth of Realism and Naturalism. These developments are discussed in the context of the emergence and re-emergence of literary centers in the South, Mid- and Far West, of regionalism (local color) and of the beginnings of African American literature. The section is concluded by an account of most important tendencies in the nineteenth-century women literature.
Martin Procházka, Justin Quinn, et al., Lectures in American Literature, 2nd edition, ed. Justin Quinn (Prague: Karolinum, 2012)
Power point presentations including 2 presentations on early Canadian literature are available in the Moodle.
Attending the lecture is not awarded by any credits. Erasmus and other exchange students have to enrol in seminars.
Knowledge of the themes and problems discussed in the lecture is required for the final exam in American literature and for the B.A. Exam.