Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Leah Garrett


Previously coded ENH2410


This unit is an introduction to some of the major writers in American literature and an exploration of the concept of a national literary identity. Beginning in the nineteenth century when the interplay of inherited European cultural forms and a burgeoning literary nationalism was at its most fruitful, the subject ranges from the Puritan heritage of the great New England writers through to American postmodernism, and includes the contribution of black American writing. Authors studied include Melville, Hawthorne, Twain, Whitman, Wharton, Faulkner, Frost, Morrison and Delillo.


Seminar presentation (1000 words) and participation: 30%
Essay (1500 words): 30%
Class test (2000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Leah Garrett

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Literary studies (Literatures in English)


A first-year sequence in English, Literary Studies or Cultural Studies or permission