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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

American Literature & Culture

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam


The course aims to inculcate an appreciation of specific American authors and texts, along with the literary history of the United States. Participants will also get familiar with the relation between American literature and important related historical and socio-cultural developments.  The course also aims to foster an understanding of the development of various genres, forms, and themes in select American literature.



Week 1    Introduction to the course. Henry James. The Portrait of a Lady. Introduction to Henry James and his works Plot/character/literary techniques/style

Week 2    -do-

Week 3    Theodore Dreiser. An American Tragedy.Plot/character/literary techniques/style

Week 4    Eugene O’Neill. Desire under the Elms.Introduction to Eugene O’Neill and his worksPlot/character/literary techniques/style

Week 5    American RomanticismEdgar Allan Poe. “Annabel Lee.”Flannery O’Connor. “Good Country People.” 

Week 6    Ernest Hemingway. The Sun Also RisesPlot/character/literary techniques/style

Week 7    Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence. Plot/character/literary techniques/style

Week 8    Lillian Hellman. The Children’s HourPlot/character/literary techniques/style

Week 9    Arthur Miller. A View from the Bridge.Plot/character/literary techniques/style

Week 10    Hart Crane. “To Brooklyn Bridge.”Pulp fictionScience fiction Counter Culture

Week 11    Christopher Hitchens “Jewish Power, Jewish Peril.”Conclusion.

Taught by

Prof. Aysha Iqbal

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