BAAmerican Novel

Credit points: 5
Contact hours: 60
Type: Seminar Classes

Main Instructor

Lilijana Burcar, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • Students acquire the skill to differentiate between essential and less important elements of the novel
  • Students become acquainted with different critical approaches to literature and develop the ability to reflect upon different critical approaches to individual novels.
  • Students develop the ability to contextualize literary works in the appropriate socio-political context


The course begins with an introduction to the basic theoretical approaches to novel analysis. The main part of the course is dedicated to the examination and classification of the actual literary works according to the acquired theoretical frameworks. Student participation is required.

The second part of the course involves student presentation of a written essay to be submitted before the date of oral presentation.

Course Literature:

The list of novels to be discussed is provided by the teacher at the beginning of the academic year.

  • Bawer, Bruce. Diminishing Fictions: Essays on the Modern American Novel and Its Critics. Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, 1988. Str.: 336.
  • Booth, Wayne C. The Rhetoric of Fiction. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983. Str.: 576.
  • Peck, J. and Coyle, M. 1995. Practical Criticism. London: Macmillan.
  • Roberts, E.V. 1969. Writing Themes about Literature. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall


Team work – analysis of selected American novels. Individual work – analysis and interpretation of an American novel selected by the student and approved by the teacher.

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.