ENG3325 - Class, Power and Capitalism 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 notions of class, power, and capitalism in American literature. Formations of the ideology behind these notions will give students a picture of how class, wealth, and poverty are constructed out of this grid that informs the core thinking of American society. Students will be invited to apply approaches to the analysis of literature they have learned from other English modules to analyse the selected works. Those who are interested may also analyse these texts from the perspective of discourse analysis. Discussions in class will look into the historical and cultural contexts for the texts and what they reflect about America. By the end of the module, students will gain a deeper sense of cultural literacy in regard to the US and they can be better prepared for future careers in which they interact with Americans and their cultures.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts of class, power, and capitalism to be applied to American texts;

  2. show what ideology is and how it works when it comes to filmic and other adaptations;

  3. show the relationship between American classics and literary canon and how these texts produce the ideology for Americans and their society;

  4. transfer the above skills to intellectual and professional situations to construct and communicate analyses of the texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material acquired both within and 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.