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American Literature
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'American Literature' is a course offered in Third Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

The students should be able to understand American culture and social milieu; to grasp the insights provided by the selections about the social scenario of America, spread over 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries; to identify what is distinctly American in American literature; to trace the origin and development of American literature..

Unit 1

Origin and development of American Literature - The colonial period – TranscendentalismDrama, Fiction, Poetry.

Unit 2

Ralph Waldo Emerson - “Self Reliance[Detailed].
Thoreau – “Civil Disobedience[Detailed].

Unit 3

Walt Whitman: “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed[Detailed]
I Hear America Singing [Non-Detailed].
Edgar Allen Poe: “Raven [Detailed].
Emily Dickinson: “Because I Could not Stop for Death [Detailed].
I Held a Jewel in my Finger [Non-Detailed].
Robert Frost: “Birches[Detailed].
Fire and Ice[Non-Detailed].
Wallace Stevens: “The Emperor of Ice-Cream[Detailed].

Unit 4

Tennessee Williams: “Glass Menagerie[Detailed].

Unit 5

Herman Melville: Moby Dick. 
Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye.

  1. Oliver, Egbert S. Ed. An Anthology of American Literature. Vols. I and II. Eurasia Publishing House: New Delhi.
  2. Fisher, William J. Ed. An Anthology of American Literature. Vols. I and II. American Literature: An Anthology. Macmillan.
  3. Spiller, Robert E. The Cycle of American Literature, Macmillan.
  1. Brower, Reuben. The Poetry of Robert Frost: Constellations of Intensions.
    Chase, Richard. The American Novel and Its Tradition.Kalyani Publishers, Ludhiana. C.
    C.W.E. Bigsby. A Critical Introduction to 20th Century American Drama. Cambridge University Press. Vol I & II.
    Gray, Richard. A Brief History of American Literature. UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2011.
    Students are also advised to refer to websources.