Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
190301505104INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN LITERATUREElective355
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
Course aims to teach and let students research about the National Beginnings of American Literature, authors writing within the scope of Romanticism and Reason, The American Short Story and 19th Century Developments, authors writing under the scope of Realism and Reaction, Modern Voices in Prose and Poetry.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Dr. Öğretim Üyesi Zafer ŞAFAK
Learning Outcomes
1Knowing the developmental stages of American literature.
2Knowing the developmental stages of American literature.
3Comprehending the historical, social and economic variables led to the emergence of American literature.
4Comprehending the historical, social and economic variables led to the emergence of American literature.
5Being able to put forward the similarities and differences among the authors and their works that belong to different periods.
6Being able to put forward the similarities and differences among the authors and their works that belong to different periods.
7Being able to evaluate the literary movements/trends emerged in American Literature in comparison with the inclinations observed in literature of other countries.
8Being able to evaluate the literary movements/trends emerged in American Literature in comparison with the inclinations observed in literature of other countries.
9Being able to make predictions about the evoluation of American literature at the light of last century.
10Being able to make predictions about the evoluation of American literature at the light of last century.
Mode of Delivery
Daytime Class
Prerequisites and co-requisities
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Recommended Optional Programme Components
The participants are expected to have obtained A Companion to American Literature Volume I, II, III, 2020 (Edit. by Susan Belasco) and scrutinize the three volume. Students have to read and study the related content before the course sessions.
Course Contents
The course will cover the National Beginnings of American Literature, authors writing within the scope of Romanticism and Reason, The American Short Story and 19th Century Developments, authors writing under the scope of Realism and Reaction, Modern Voices in Prose and Poetry (Roughly from early 17th Century to the mid-20th Century)
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction Background National Beginnings, Benjamin Franklin, An Excerpt from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin--
2Washington Irving, An Excerpt from Rip Van Winkle--
3James Fenimore Cooper, An Excerpt from The Last of the Mohicans--
4Edgar Allan Poe, An Excerpt from Anna Bel Lee, Raven, The Black Cat--
5Background Romanticism and Reason, Ralph Waldo Emerson, An Excerpt from Self-Reliance, Henry David Thoreau, An Excerpt from Walden, Herman Melville, An Excerpt from Moby-Dick
6Nathaniel Hawthorne, An Excerpt from The Scarlet Letter Mark Twain, An Excerpt from Life on the Mississippi, Stephen Crane, An Excerpt from Red Badge of Courage--
7Mid-Term Exam--
8Henry James, Ambrosse Bierce/An Excerpt from An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge--
9Background Realism and Reaction, Theodore Dreiser, An Excerpt from Sister Carrie, Carl Sandburg, Sinclair Lewis--
10F. Scott Fitzgerald An excerpt from The Great Gatsby, John Steinbeck, An Excerpt from The Grapes of Wrath--
11Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Robert Frost/The Road Not Taken--
12Background Modern Voices in Prose and Poetry--
13Saul Bellow, Katherine Anne Porter, Ralph Ellison, An Excerpt from Invisible Man--
Recommended or Required Reading
A Companion to American Literature Volume I, II, III, (Edit. by Susan Belasco) A Companion to American Fiction 1780–1865 (Edit. by Shirley Samuels), Blackwell Publishing, 2004. A Companion to American Fiction 1865–1914 (Edit. by Robert Paul Lamb and G. R. Thompson), Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Highlights of American Literature, (by Carl Bode, 1981)
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Examination1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
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Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination12020
Final Examination13030
Attending Lectures14342
Discussion12020
Criticising Paper13030
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)142
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