Course overview

This course will explore some of the classics of American Literature. You will study a range of poetry and prose by writers both ancient and modern, including Moby Dick by Herman Melville, My Ántonia by Willa Cather and other works by Maya Angelou and Cormac McCarthy. You will also explore how American Literature relates to other art forms, including film, photography and music.

Course description

What is it about American literature that makes it so much freer, more expansive and (it must be said) less stuffy than Eng. Lit? Perhaps the best way to answer this question is by reading two of America’s finest novels: Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, and My Ántonia, by Willa Cather. This course will also look at other writings and poems by Maya Angelou, Cormac McCarthy, and Anne Tyler. As you read closely with other students, you will be encouraged to notice some of the handy tricks which various writers use in summoning people and places to the page. There will also be an opportunity to explore the links between American writing and other art forms, including film, photography and music.

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