Students will apply advanced literary methods to address the broad ways in which American Literature in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries has engaged with the opening of transpacific space. Themes will include the nature of westward exploration, the emergence of planetary perspectives and how these have affected US culture. Students will build on their knowledge of literary study to consider the key methodological question of how relationships between nation and narrative should be defined.
1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr seminar/week
1x2000wd research essay (40%), seminar participation 10%, 1x1000wd textual commentary (20%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in English or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Australian LiteratureProhibitions