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Reading the Nation: American Literature - ENGL2660

Year - 2019

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.

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

1x500wd in-class exercise (15%), 1x1500wd reader response (40%), 1x2500wd essay (45%)


12 credit points at 1000 level in English or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies


Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 2

05 Aug 2019

Department/School: English
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2019
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
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