Memory and desire: reflections on American literature 2

This course follows on from reflections on American literature 1, new students are welcome. We will consider two adversarial variants of American literature, describable as that of the Party of Hope and that of the Party of Memory. We will look at how the first group emphasised the fact that America was the New World and that the newest arrivals from Europe had a new outlook on human nature and human affairs. The second group by contrast rejected the claims and superiority of the New World. The course will explore this division in American culture and society from the 19th and 20th centuries by examining key texts, including those by Hawthorne, Twain, Hemingway and Steinbeck.

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  • Cost: £140
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