AJ1304 American History, Culture and Literature II

Faculty of Education
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/3/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught online.
Mgr. Pavla Buchtová (seminar tutor)
Michael George, M.A. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lucie Podroužková, Ph.D.
Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Jana Popelková
Supplier department: Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AJ1304/OS01: Fri 5. 3. 8:00–10:50 učebna 65, Fri 12. 3. 8:00–10:50 učebna 65, Fri 19. 3. 8:00–10:50 učebna 65, Fri 26. 3. 8:00–10:50 učebna 65, Fri 9. 4. 8:00–10:50 učebna 65, P. Buchtová, M. George
AJ1304/01: Tue 9:00–11:50 učebna 57, P. Buchtová, M. George
( AJ1102 Practical Language 1B )
British history, culture and literature I, II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
This is the second half of a survey course of American History and American Literature covering the period from late 19th century to late 20th century. Its aim is to explore the major as well as some of the lesser-known writers, literary movements, major historical events, trends and cultural concepts and make meaningful connections between them; and also to provide the historical, literary and cultural background necessary for those intending to be become English language teachers.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students should be able
1) to identify and evaluate the main currents of U.S. cultural history and especially their causes and consequences in relation to modern American culture and society
2) to understand how myths about America’s foundation and iconic historical events have been formulated, debated and challenged by American writers
3) to discuss the role of gender, culture and race in shaping the forms and themes of literary texts
  • Breaking the Tradition
  • America on Wheels: The Roaring 20s
  • Modernist poetry and fiction (W. C. Williams, e. e. cummings, Wallece Stevens, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway)
  • African American Experience
  • Life after Slavery: Reconstruction and Jim Crow
  • Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston)
  • Breaking Apart
  • The Great Depression
  • Southern Renaissance (William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor)
  • Convention Meets Rebellion
  • The Cold War and McCarthyism
  • Poetic movements (Frank O´Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath)
  • New Ideas, New Values
  • Civil Rights and Social Protest
  • Modern Multi-Cultural America
  • e-learning support:
  • http://moodlinka.ics.muni.cz/course/view.php?id=243
  • The Columbia history of the American novel. Edited by Emory Elliott - Cathy N. Davidson. New York: Columbia University, 1991. xviii, 905. ISBN 0-231-07360-7. info
  • The Heath anthology of American literature. Edited by Paul Lauter. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1990. xxxix, 261. ISBN 0-669-12065-0. info
  • Columbia literary history of the United States. Edited by Emory Elliott. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988. xxviii, 12. ISBN 0-231-05812-8. info
Teaching methods
discussion-based seminars
group work
Assessment methods
1) Response papers (1 for each seminar), focusing on one text from the assigned reading
2) Colloquium: History and literature are impossible to separate. We will make every effort throughout the semester to blend these disciplines in an attempt to give you a more integrated and realistic picture of the origins of modern America. You will be asked to give special attention to the relationships and connections between historical and literary movements, persons and events throughout the semester. The colloquium will focus on these associations.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: kombinované studium: výuka v blocích.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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