|Department of Anglo-American Studies
|Masters in Anglo-American Studies
|No. of Students
|Study Plan since 2007/2008
|Maria Teresa Lobo Castilho
Being part of a higher level of studies, the aim of this programme is to make students develop skills on the understanding of the naissance and existence of an American literature. On the other hand the programme will also disscuss some of the social, cultural and literary moments of the 19th and 20th centuries in America. Students should acquire specific skills, theoretical information and concepts to develop a critical understanding and knowledge in order to problematize visions of the self and of America within the selected fictional texts. By the end of the semester, students should have developed a theoretical and critical capacity to approach specific notions and contexts present in the course.
Students should acquire specific skills, theoretical information and concepts to develop a critical understanding and knowledge of the naissance and existence of an American literary canon. Students should also develop the capacity of problematization within contexts present in the course.
We will start with the study of THE SCARLET LETTER de Nathaniel Hawthorne as visions of denying and election, concerning an optimist understanding, both on condition human soul and on America itself. The students will also study and discuss Edgar Allan Poeas a recognizable voice in the context of the literary American "naissance" and on the birth of the Southern myth and Southern Gothicism. The second moment of this programme will examine two important literary moments of the 20th century in America: the "Second Flowering" and "The Southern Literary Renaissance".
The first five sessions will integrate active teaching contributions from the seminar leader aiming not only to develop an important theoretical field to make the students understand the “naissance” and the existence of an American literary canon but also the literary periods and the dominant theoretical perspectives on the 19th and 20th American Literature as well as on the so called Southern Literature . Students will be required to contribute actively and regularly to the seminar in the next sessions. They will be expected to make presentations on distributed and oriented themes, which will be also discussed by all students under the teacher's guidance. Students will be evaluated through their active participations and through their presentations.
Students are expected to attend at least 2/3 of the seminar sessions
Weighted average of the results : a) Active participation in seminar sessions 50% b) Oral work 50%
Language of instruction: English