Course: 19th and 20th Centuries American Literature

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Course title 19th and 20th Centuries American Literature
Course code KAJ/AML19
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Tutorial
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Mišterová Ivona, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Suggested Lecture Topics: 1. The Gothic styles of Brockden Brown a Edgar Alan Poe 2. The basis of transcendentalism: Ralph Waldo Emerson and David Herbert Thoreau 3. Late Romanticism: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville 4. The birth of modern poetry: Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson 5. Mark Twain, the Tall Tale, Local Color 6. Realism in the works of William D. Howells and Henry James 7. Naturalism: Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, Jack London 8. African American literature, Harlem Renaissance

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Seminar
  • Preparation for formative assessments (2-20) - 20 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 39 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 35 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report in a foreign language) (10-15) - 11 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No prerequisite courses.
learning outcomes
Students will be able to: - describe the most significant characteristics of the literary, cultural, and social development of the USA during the 19th and 20th centuries in regards to its genre, cultural, and ethnical diversity, - identify the chronological and intellectual specifics concerning the rise of the American novel, - identify the American legend in the works of J.F. Cooper, - explain "the Gothic styles" oand the basis of transcendentalism, - explain late Romanticism, - differentiate beteen Regionalism, Realism, and Naturalism, - identify the developmental periods and concepts of modern American poetry.
teaching methods
assessment methods
Combined exam
Recommended literature
  • Bradbury, M.; Ruland, R. From Puritanism to Postmodernism. London: Penguin, 1991.
  • Brandbury, M.; Ruland, R. Od puritanismu k postmodernismu. Přel. Marcel Arbeit a kol.. Praha: Mladá Fronta, 1997.
  • ČAŇKOVÁ, M. Open Gates. Student´s book: a course in 20th century British literature. Voznice: Leda, 2005.
  • High, Peter B. An Outline of American Literature. 1st pub. Harlow : Longman, 1986. ISBN 0-582-74502-0.
  • JAŘAB, J. Antologie americké literatury. Praha: SPN, 1985.
  • PROCHÁZKA, M. a kol. Lectures on American Literature. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze - nakladatelství Karolinum, 2002.
  • Procházka, M, Stříbrný, Z. Slovník spisovatelů. Praha: Libri, 1996.

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