College of Languages


American Novel

Course Code C0264 Th 3 Pr 3 CrHrs 3

All Third-year American Novel courses share the following features:

•              Students are presumed to be proficient in the writing of critical essays on literary subjects.

•              Students are required to read in the course subject area beyond the texts assigned by the instructor or discussed in class.

•              Students are required to incorporate into their oral and written coursework secondary source materials. These may include autobiographical or biographical material; literary criticism or theory; unassigned texts by the author under study; relevant cultural or intellectual history; or other arts, such as music, film, or fine arts.

•              Readings and topics will vary with each instructor’s presentation of a course; however, all course materials are consistent with the objectives/outcomes for this course.

         In English 2319, students will examine a selection of American novels from the 20th and 21st centuries onward, in order to trace the features and stages of the British novel as an evolving genre within its historical and social contexts

Upon completion of any Third-year American literature course, the student should

1. be able to use with increased proficiency the skills of literary analysis taught in first-year English courses;

2. be able to recognize the significance of the literary and non-literary or cultural context of a work being studied, such as the biographical, historical, mythological or philosophical context;

3.             be able to read critically and use in essays secondary sources, such as criticism and other texts by the same author, as an aid to comprehending the primary text(s) being studied;

4. be able to read critically and independently works or aspects of works not discussed in class; and

  Upon completion of the student should also have a deepened understanding of

1.different strategies of narrative development in fiction;

2. the elements of fiction, such as plot, setting, character, and point-of-view;

3.   some of the major forms in the history of the American novel, such as slave narratives, the epistolary novel, domestic fiction, the novel of manners, and social criticism;

4.  patterns of both continuity and change within the genre of the British novel; and

The exploration and interpretation of theme, including themes significant to the history of the American novel, such as the relationship between the individual and society.



Distribution of Marks

Final Mark

Final Exam

Second Term


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Introduction to American Literature, Schocken Books Inc; New edition edition (July 1974).


The Norton Anthology of American Literature (Ninth Edition) (Vol. E), W. W. Norton & Company; 9 edition (December 19, 2016)


The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 7, Prose Writing, 1940-1990, edited by Sacvan Bercovitch, Cyrus R. K. Patell Cambridge University Press, February 14, 2014.


Damrosch, David. What Is World Literature? Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2003. Print.


Etherington, Ben, and Jarad Zimbler, editors. The Cambridge Companion to World Literature, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2018, pp. i-ii. Cambridge Companions to Literature.



American History and culture

Rise of the American Novel

Colonial war

American Dream and New Life

Slavery, Civil War

Scarlet Letter

12 Years a Slave

The Great Gatsby

The Color Purple