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American Literature of the 20th Century - OPBA2A117A
Title: Americká literatura od 20. století do současnosti
Guaranteed by: Katedra anglického jazyka a literatury (41-KAJL)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unlimited (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
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: Mgr. Jakub Ženíšek, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Jakub Ženíšek, Ph.D.
Pre-requisite : OPBA2A114A
Is interchangeable with: OB2301014
Annotation -
Last update: Mgr. Jakub Ženíšek, Ph.D. (28.10.2019)
This course aims to give the students a general outline of the most significant events in American literature, focusing largely, but not exclusively, on canonical authors. These seminars complement lectures which reside in presenting a particular literary movement, including its social and cultural background. These are then followed by a close reading session which focuses on the selected seminar texts (novels, short stories, plays, etc.).
Literature -
Last update: Mgr. Jakub Ženíšek, Ph.D. (28.10.2019)

Secondary sources

Procházka, M., Quinn, J., Ulmanová, H., Roraback, E. Lectures on American Literature. Praha, 2002

Ruland, R., Bradbury, M. From Puritanism to Postmodernism,New York: Viking Penguin, 1991

Van Spanckeren, K. Outline of American Literature – revised edition. US Information Agency, 1994

Bradbury, M.. The Modern American Novel: New Revised Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Lauter, P., Yarborough, R., Bayer, J., Molesworth, C., Cheung, K. The Heath Anthology of American literature: Volume D, 2008

Gates, H.L., McKay, N. The Norton Anthology of African-American Literature,New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 199

Bercovitch, S. (ed.). The Cambridge History of American Literature.Cambridge, 1994.

Bradbury, M.:. The Modern American Novel, Oxford: O.U.P, 1992.

Elliott, E. et al, (Eds.) Columbia Literary History of the United States, Columbia University Press, 1988-2001.

Hendin, J. (ed.). A Concise Companion to Postwar American Culture and Literature. Londýn, 2004.

Minter, D. A Cultural History of the American Novel,Cambridge:CambridgeUniversity Press, 1996

Syllabus -
Last update: Mgr. Jakub Ženíšek, Ph.D. (28.10.2019)

Week 1

Lecture: 20th centuryUS poetry

Reading assignment: Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks


Week 2

Lecture: American Modernism I

Reading assignment: William Faulkner: Barn Burning; A Rose for Emily

Ernest Hemingway: A Clean Well-Lighted Place, Hills Like White Elephants


Week 3

Lecture: American Modernism II (Jazz Age)

Reading assignment: F.S. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Week 4

Lecture: Southern Gothic I

Reading assignment: Flannery O´Connor, Good Country People, A Late Encounter with the Enemy


Week 5

Lecture1: Southern Gothic II; Lecture 2: Beat Generation

Reading assignment: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (3 excerpts)

Reading assignment: Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1 excerpt)


Week 6

Lecture: American drama I

Reading assignment: Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman


Week 7

Lecture: American drama II, Drama of the Absurd

Reading assignment: TennesseeWilliams, Streetcar Named Desire

Reading assignment: Edward Albee, The Zoo Story


Week 8

Lecture: Jewish American Literature

Reading assignment: Phillip Roth, Defender of the Faith

Reading assignment: Bernard Malamud, Armistice


Week 9

Lecture: African American Literature

Reading assignment: Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye


Week 10

Lecture: Reflection of war inUSliterature

Reading assignment: David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars (film + 6 excerpts)


Week 11

Lecture: US Postmodernism

Reading assignment: Michael Cunningham, The Hours (film + 5 excerpts)

Course completion requirements -
Last update: Mgr. Jakub Ženíšek, Ph.D. (28.10.2019)


80% attendance (2 unexplained absences are permissible); written & oral exam. The exam procedure is outline in Moodle.

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