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Course, academic year 2018/2019
  
American Literature 1950-2000 - JMM349
Title: American Literature 1950-2000
Guaranteed by: Department of North American Studies (23-KAS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2018
Semester: summer
Points: 5
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: 24 / unknown (24)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: PhDr. Jiří Hanuš
Teacher(s): PhDr. Jiří Hanuš
Annotation - Czech
Last update: PhDr. Jiří Hanuš (14.02.2019)
This course, conducted in English, will introduce the students to the period of American writing that saw an explosion of various approaches to fiction and poetry, reflecting dramatic changes in American society. Basic orientation in the various streams of postwar writing, from the confessional mainstream novel through the Beats to experimental prose and postmodern writing. The diversity of styles in this period corresponds to the increasingly complex picture of the American society and reflects its complexity.
Aim of the course
Last update: PhDr. Jiří Hanuš (14.02.2019)

Provide the students with an overview of American society and literature in the second half of the 20th century

Literature - Czech
Last update: PhDr. Jiří Hanuš (14.02.2019)

Samples of literary texts will be provided to the students by e-mail as well as notes and commentaries.

Teaching methods
Last update: PhDr. Jiří Hanuš (14.02.2019)

Combination of brief survey of the given author's life and work, followed by close reading of sample texts and concluded by discussion of the texts.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: PhDr. Jiří Hanuš (14.02.2019)

In the final test students have to show good knowledge of the authors and texts, discussed during the term.

Syllabus - Czech
Last update: PhDr. Jiří Hanuš (14.02.2019)

The explosion of American writing after 1950

 

The course will provide the students with basic orientation in the various streams of postwar prose and poetry, from the confessional mainstream novel through the Beats to experimental prose and postmodern writing. The diversity of styles in this period corresponds to the increasingly complex picture of the American society and reflects its complexity. Listed are the authors samples of whose writing will be read in the class.

 

Introduction

James Baldwin

Vladimir Nabokov

J. D. Salinger

Beat Movement

Ken Kesey

Saul Bellow

Philip Roth

John Updike

Joyce Carol Oates

Tony Morrison

John Irving  

Tom Robbins

 

 
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