ENG3324 - National Values and Identity in American Literature

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module introduces students to the ideas, cultures, and histories that gave rise to national values and identity in American literature. Students will learn notions such as American exceptionalism, individualism, regionalism, the American Dream, and modernism. They shall acquire a deeper sense of cultural literacy in the US so that they may be better prepared for future careers in which they will interact and work with American people and their cultures. They will be invited to apply approaches to the analysis of literature they have learned from other English modules to analyse the selected works. Students who are interested may also analyse these texts from the perspective of discourse analysis.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. show a fundamental understanding of the various ways Americans think and act;

  2. show an awareness of the ways in which Americans interact with their community and society as they relate to specific historical, cultural and political contexts;

  3. appreciate the language complexity of semantic and stylistics of American classics;

  4. transfer the above skills to intellectual and professional situations to have better communications outside of the literary study context;

  5. use e-learning platforms, such as the Moodle-based eCampus system, to participate in on-line guided class discussions, together with internet-based electronic tools for academic research.