BAOld American Literature II

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Lectures

Main Instructor

Igor Maver, PhD, Full Professor


Jerneja Petrič, PhD, Full Professor

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • Students develop the ability to recognize basic features of American literature between realism and the end of World War One as well as  its position within world literature
  • Students develop the ability to recognize the correlation between the above mentioned literature and the American literature prior to 1865.
  • Students develop the ability to critically deal with the most important works from the period since 1865
  • The course fosters the students’ ability to apply theoretical knowledge gained to the analysis and discussion of individual literary texts from the above mentioned period
  • The course enhances the students’ ability to classify works according to the content and formal characteristics in the works of old American literature between realism and 1920.

Course Content:

  • The course provides an introduction to the history of basic literary movements and works from the period between realism and 1920.
  • The course includes an analysis and interpretation of selected literary works within the given period.
  • The course offers a survey of the influences of the old American literature of the given period to world literature and vice versa.

Course Literature:

  • Bradbury, Malcolm., Richard Ruland. From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1993. Pp.: 480.
  • Cunliffe, Marcus. The Literature of the United States. London: Penguin Books, 1986. Pp.: 512.
  • Selected texts from the anthology: Bradley, S,,R.C. Beatty, E.H. Long, ed. The American Tradition in Literature I. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc., 1961, 1962. Pp.: 1582


Final exam.

Grading scale of 6 – 10 (pass) and 1 – 5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.