SA Survey of Old American Literature

Credit points: 0
Contact hours: 30
Type: Lectures

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • Students develop the ability to recognize basic features of the beginning period of old American literature as well as its position in world literature.
  • Students develop the ability to recognize basic period characteristics in the development of American literature from the Colonial period to Naturalism.
  • Students acquire the skill to critically deal with main literary works from the above mentioned periods.
  • The course fosters students’ ability to apply theoretical knowledge to literary works.
  • The course enhances the students’ ability to classify works according to the content and formal characteristics of old American literature between Colonial period and Romanticism.

Course Content:

  • The course provides a historical survey of main basic school, trends and literary works of American literature from its beginning (1607) until Romanticism.
  • The course is based on the analysis and interpretation of individual literary texts of the authors discussed.
  • The course is based on an interdisciplinary approach giving an insight into main historical, political, economic and cultural events.
  • The course offers a survey of intertextual literary connections between old American literature and world literature.

Course literature:

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


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.