This course of American literature aims to familiarize the students with some short fiction by canonical American authors. The assigned readings complement very brief introductory lectures which reside in presenting a particular literary movement, including its social and cultural background. These are then followed by a close reading session which focuses on the selected seminar texts (short stories, plays, extracts etc.).
Requirements: 80% attendance (2 unexplained absences are permissible);A short typewritten essay (500 -1000 words) on one of the assigned topics
A note on citation guidelines: Since this is designed primarily a reading course, the syllabus consists almost exclusively of primary reading assignments. In addition to this, you are free to back up your essays with secondary sources of your own choice, as long as you observe the MLA citation guidelines. However, it is also perfectly legitimate to base the entire argument of your essay on the primary reading, without reference to any other sources.
Pls. mail the essays to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading: Benjamin Franklin
Reading: The Narrative of Frederick Douglass (first five pages)
Reading: Kate Chopin - 2 short stories
Please read "The Father of Desiree´s Baby" and "The Story of an Hour". The other readings are optional.
Reading: Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants"
Reading: Francis Scott Fitzgerald, "A Baby Party"
John Steinbeck, "Murder"
Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”
Bernard Malamud, "Armistice"
Tim O´Brien, “Ambush”
Charles Johnson, "Sweet Dreams", "Cultural Relativity" - the other stories are optional.