Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 419 American Literature Undergraduate 4 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 2 + 2 0

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ibrahim Murat Öner, Assist. Prof. Dr. I. Murat Oner Ibrahim Murat Öner, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course is designed to give an overview of American literature from WW1 to WW2. We will be examining most important authors of this American Literature period known as American Literary Modernism and their canonical texts, and more importantly what they have contributed to our understanding of the modern world as it is and our cultural contexts. The course is organized to introduce principle genres: poetry, drama, and fiction. The specific emphasis will be given to reading primary texts, secondary texts and class-discussions.

1. To familiarize students with the most prominent authors and their canonical works.
2. To help students develop critical reading skills and acquire analytical approaches to literary texts as cultural artifacts.
3. To help students practice and develop written discourse about literary texts.
4. To help students develop ways of translating old canonical texts into modern cultural practice and understanding.
5. To cultivate a love of reading in students.

  1. American Literature between the Wars (1914-1945)
  2. Robert Frost “The Pasture,” “Mending Wall,” “After Apple-Picking,” “The Road Not Taken,” “Birches”
  3. Susan Glaspell “Trifles” & Sherwood Anderson From “Wineburg, Ohio”
  4. Carl Sandburg “Chicago,” \"Fog\"
  5. T. S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
  6. Eugene O’Neill Long Day’s Journey into Night
  7. Exam
  8. Claude McKay “The Harlem Dancer,” “Harlem Shadows,” “The Lynching,” “If We Must Die,” “Africa,” “America,” “Outcast,” “Moscow”
  9. Zora Neale Hurston “The Eatonville Anthology,” “How It Feels to Be Colored Me,” “The Gilded Six-Bits”
  10. F. Scott Fitzgerald “Winter Dreams,” “Babylon Revisited”
  11. William Faulkner “Barn Burning”
  12. Earnest Hemingway “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”
  13. Kay Boyle “The White Horses of Vienna”
  14. John Steinbeck “The Leader of the People”
  15. Richard Wright “The Man Who Was Almost a Man”


    • Presentation
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Term Paper110
    Final Exam150
    Total: 90
    Learning outcomes

        ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
        Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
        Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
        Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
        Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
        Final Examination(1 week) 0
        Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
        Preparation for Final Examination 0
        Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
        Seminar / Presentation 0
        Total Workload: 0
        ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0