Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ENG3083

 
TITLE American Studies: An Introduction

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT English

 
DESCRIPTION The study-unit explores American culture, providing a series of different perspectives to develop an understanding of the challenge presented in analyzing any culture. The unit looks at the elements that contributed to the development of America, the historical events that continue to resonate in the U.S. today, and the myths that motivated and explained the development of this distinct culture. The unit combines lectures, discussions, and multi-media presentations including film and music. To the extent that they are available, guest lecturers from both the U.S. and Europe will provide depth, variety, and different viewpoints.

Reading List

- Bigsby, Christopher, The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).
- Brogan, Hugh, The Penguin History of the USA (London: Penguin, 2001).
- Cooke, Alistair, Letter from America (London: Penguin, 2007).
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Nature and Selected Essays (London: Penguin, 2003).
- Marcus, Greil and Sollors, Werner, A New Literary History of America (Cambridge MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2009).
- Obama, Barack, Dreams from my Father (Edinburgh: Canongate, 2007).
- Obama, Barack, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Edinburgh: Canongate, 2007).
- Paine, Thomas, Rights of Man (London: Penguin, 1985).
- Reynolds, David, America, Empire of Liberty: A New History (London: Allen Lane, 2009).
- Temperley, Howard and Bigsby, Christopher, A New Introduction to American Studies (Harlow: Longman, 2006).
- Tocqueville, Alexis de, Democracy in America and Two Essays on America (London: Penguin, 2003).
- Zinn, Howard, A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present (Harlow: Longman, 2003).

 
RULES/CONDITIONS Before OR WHILE TAKING THIS UNIT YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE ENG2089

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Marija Grech

 
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