UCJANGBP15 American Literature 1

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Diana Adamová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Michaela Weiss, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Diana Adamová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. PhDr. Michaela Weiss, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Michaela Weiss, Ph.D.
Institute of Foreign Languages - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Thu 9:45–10:30 M8, Thu 11:25–12:10 M8
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
UCJANGBP15/A: Thu 10:35–11:20 M8, D. Adamová, M. Weiss
UCJANGBP15/B: Thu 12:15–13:00 M8, D. Adamová, M. Weiss
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce students to important works of American literature, especially from a practical point of view. Emphasis is therefore placed on reading and working with specific texts, which includes textual analysis and its interpretation in the context of American literature and culture as a whole. Special attention is paid to the specific features of American literature, its sources of inspiration and interconnections, but also to the gradual development from dependence on British literature to independence and the path to pluralistic, multicultural nature of contemporary American literature.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student will be able to define the basic features of American literature, will know major epresentatives and works, will be able to analyze texts from different time periods and different genres, as well as apply basic literary concepts and use secondary sources.
  • 1. Colonial literature
  • 2. Literature of the American Revolution
  • 3. Transcendentalism
  • 4. The beginnings of African-American literature
  • 5. Modern American Poetry: Walt Whitman
  • 6. Modern American Poetry: Emily Dickinson
  • 7. Modern American short story and poetry: Edgar Allan Poe
  • 8. The beginnings of the American novel: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 9. The beginnings of the American novel: Herman Melville
  • 10. Realism of the 19th century
  • 11. Early modernism
  • 12. Naturalism
  • 13. Summary
    required literature
  • Procházka, M. a kol. Lectures on American Literature, Praha: Univerzita Karlova, 2002. info
    recommended literature
  • Castronovo. The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth- century American Literature. info
  • Ruland. Od puritanismu k postmodernismu. Praha, 1998. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, seminar
Assessment methods
Compulsory active participation in seminars min. 75%, presentation written test
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022.
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