Reading the Nation: American Literature (ENGL2660)


In this unit, we study a variety of American literary and visual texts to consider what it means to read "nationally". We first examine the rise of literary nationalism to look then at the ways in which exigencies of empire, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality, for example, have exerted pressure on the fantasy of a cohesive national culture. We will also consider the transnational turn of recent decades to understand the nation's function in a global context.

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2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd essay (45%), 1x500wd class exercise (15%), 1x1500wd take-home exercise (40%)

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((12 junior credit points from English) or (6 junior credit points from English and AMST1001)) or (AMST1001 and (HSTY1023 or HSTY1076))

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