Module Details

LT203-5-FY-CO: United States Literature Since 1850

Year: 2017/18
Department: Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes
Outside Option: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Owen Robinson
Teaching Staff: tbc (AU), Dr Jordan Savage (Spring), Dr Jak Peake (Spring)
Contact details: LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module examines some of the major texts, problems, and issues of United States literature since the middle of the nineteenth century. Attention will be focused, first and last, on the individual texts. However, these texts will be discussed with reference to such issues as the relationship between American writing and American history and wider culture, American 'difference' and differences within American society, nationalism and regionalism, and conflicts of race and gender. The first term will consist of canonical texts that all the classes will study, while in the second term classes will study a range of different directions from across the varied spectrum of U.S. literature.

See ORB for full details.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Weekly lecture (one hour) and weekly class (of one hour).


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


15% Essay 1 + 30% Essay 2 + 5% participation mark

Other details

Essay 1 will have 2000 words; Essay 2 will have 3500-4000 words

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Available to those who already have some foundation in nineteenth-century US literature.

Compulsory for:
BA English and United States Literature students, BA United States and Latin American Literature students


  • See the ORB for each year's reading lists

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Dr James Procter
    Institution: The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    Academic Role: Reader in Modern English and Postcolonial Literatures