105年第1學期-0159 美國文學 課程資訊

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選課分析

本課程名額為 60人,已有51人選讀,尚餘名額9人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
Quizzes 20 Written to engage with the chapter readings and/or handouts
essay, short 10 response to an issue or topic
essay, longer 25 Research project
Mid Term 20
Final Exam 25

授課教師

Thomas Argiro

教育目標

Course Objectives 1. Students will build a solid foundation for their study of American English, and American Literature, in keeping with the language requirements and objectives of required courses in the English Majors program. Students will gain knowledge of and be able to comprehend the works of major literary figures and periods and understand the relationship between selected writers and their respective social moments and their historical significance. American literature and culture are influenced by diverse human backgrounds and experiences, deriving from the underlying socio-economic forces that drove world exploration and colonialism, and continuing through industrialization, modernity and globalization. Demonstrated on tests, quizzes and in essays. 2. Student will grasp the process whereby different political aspects of American society, including democracy, the rule of law, civil rights, property rights, freedoms of speech and conscience, and the notion of social progress have lead to innovations in human thought and social practice, as well as to deep social divisions and dissent. Many of these cultural developments derive from the Western Tradition, (e.g. Greek political ideals, the Roman legal tradition, Christianity, the medieval concept of chivalry, the industrial revolution, European colonialism, etc.). Students will examine the ways that American literature provides a lens by which to view how America came to exert important influences on world history. The obverse process, viz. the ways in which American culture has been influenced by other world civilizations, will also be examined. While exploring this issue, the benefits and problems of intercultural and intercivilizational encounters and outcomes will also be investigated.

課程概述

American Literature is a fourth-year required course. This course introduces students to American literature, from colonial times up through the present day, and the historical concerns that mark particular literary epochs. What vision do American writers have of their country, and how do they express their own relationship to it? Students will also consider these issues in a larger sense, so that students not only develop an understanding of American literary history but also how any particular country develops a vision of itself through its literature.

課程資訊

參考書目

The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym, et. al. Shorter 8th Ed.
New York: WW Norton & Company, 2013.