G-LSUD4 AmLit476 Southern Studies

Course type

Elective

Description

The course focuses on the era of modernism in the American South and especially the period of the Southern Renascence. This period is characterized by certain predominant traits, most notably a critical reexamination of southern history, a preoccupation with the negative impact of slavery, a fascination with the grotesque, a focus on the community and a more realistic representation of social conditions in the American South. The work of three important southern women writers, Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers will be studied. Major topics that will be analyzed include physical and psychological violence, the grotesque, crossing gender boundaries, ethnicity, identity politics, and myths relating to the American South. The challenges that these authors encountered in defining the feminine self will be explored within the context of the southern literary tradition. It is strongly advised that students who take this course attend Lit7-340E first, in order to acquire a general background and a better understanding of the literature and culture of the U.S. South. Learning outcomes and competences: •The study and familiarity with important texts of the period of the Southern Renascence. •An understanding of the social conditions that existed in the American South during the twentieth century. •An understanding of the circumstances that contributed to the formation of the feminine identity as it is revealed in the specific texts. Course textbook and outline/bibliography are available. Assessment: Final exam (written).

Teaching

Teaching hours: 3 | Credits: 3 | ECTS: 6

The course is not currently offerred.