20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module examines how and why contemporary American writers challenge foundational ideas of America. By reading some of the most exciting new voices of American literature alongside canonical authors of the 20th Century, we will discover how creative responses to key 'Americanised' tropes such as self-reliance, equality and freedom produce a reimagining of the idea of America. We will explore how literary depictions of American identities and portraits of the nation are influenced by wider social, cultural and historical contexts and this module has a particular focus on diversity. The content is structured thematically and offers students an opportunity to co-create aspects of the taught curriculum.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Classroom testing

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