BAEthnic American Literature

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Lectures

Main Instructor

Jason Blake, PhD, Professor

Instructor

Jason Blake, PhD, Professor

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • Students develop the ability to recognize the specifics of ethnic American literature in different periods as well as its position within mainstream literature.
  • Students develop the ability to independently interpret and classify ethnic American literary works.
  • The course fosters students’ ability to critically approach ethnic American literature.
  • The course enhances the students’ skills in classifying works according to the issues and social concepts underlying ethnic American literature.

Content:

The course offers a literary historical survey including fundamental works, trends and movements in ethnic American literature of various periods.

The course is based on the analysis and interpretation of selected works including the analysis of mainstream and world literature influence in both directions.

Course Literature:

  • Elliot, E. 1988. Columbia Literary History of the United States of America. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Nelson, E.S. 2005. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Sollors, Werner. Theories of Ethnicity. Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Macmillan Press LTD, 1996.

Grading:

Written exam (80%) and active participation (20%).