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ENGL 497 Literature & Culture: Transatlantic Literature*
Instructor: Amanda Johnson
*this course meets the capstone requirement for students matriculating before Fall 2019
This course revisits the categories of “American” and “British” in anglophone literary studies, noting the role of literature in constructing these identities after the fact, and noting the complex interactions that continued between both nations after the American Revolution. In addition to studying authors claimed by both sides of the Atlantic, we will also investigate how, in this age of economic globalization, defenders of national literatures are pushing back against a transatlantic perspective. In short, this course will investigate why the United States and the United Kingdom appear as countries divided by a common literature.
Students enrolled in this course will accomplish the following:
· Survey a range of anglophone texts with transatlantic content or implications
· Discuss relevant theories of nationalism, post-colonialism, critical race theory, and other topics
· Produce a well-researched essay that combines primary text close-readings, relevant theory, and a discussion of recent criticism
· Complete critical but fair reviews of each other’s writing
· Present an abbreviated version of their essay as a conference paper to the Rice campus community