Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
American Literature ELT 202 4 4 + 0 4 5
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language English
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Compulsory
Course Coordinator Arş.Gör. ALİ İLYA
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants

Res. Assist. Burcu KOÇ

Course Category General Training
Course Objective

The primary objective of ELT 202 American Literature is to familiarize the students with the leading names of American Literature, and in this way, help them acquire an overall appreciation of the field. Thanks to the course, the students will value subjective viewspoints held while reading literary pieces and gain the skill of textual analysis. By having a look at various reading experiences through separate perspectives, they contsruct an understanding of the nature of reading.

Course Content

The present course is a continuation of ELT 201 – English Literature. It’s designed to familiarize students with the milestones of American Literature through a close analysis of selected pieces ranging from novel to poetry. Comparing to other similar courses, it puts more emphasis on the field of literature itself rather than history of it. The reading materials are composed of works not only from different genres but also from different historical periods, therefore history is not excluded but it is inserted into the materials. The students are encouraged to produce their own interpretations of the reading experience.
The pieces are intentionally selected to provoke questioning and lateral thinking, which are the distinctive abilities of human beings though they are deliberately knocked out of the individuals attempting to gain a foothold in a vicious circle. Therefore, the course with such a social mission gets you to question even the mostly well-accepted norms dictated by the mainstream. Furthermore, you are also invited to approach the materials technically and come up with some different –in a way professional- perspectives.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Upon the successful completion of the present course, the students should be able to define the basic literary terms such as genre, movement, literary devices etc., Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing, Performance Task,
2 - orientate the position of reader, author, and text; Lecture, Discussion, Brain Storming, Testing, Homework, Performance Task,
3 - label different periods of American Literature, Lecture, Question-Answer, Brain Storming, Testing, Homework,
4 - produce some basic interpretations of a text, Lecture, Discussion, Brain Storming, Testing, Homework, Performance Task,
5 - evaluate literary texts in the context of other disciplines the most leading of which are psychology, sociology, philosophy, and other social sciences; Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Testing, Homework, Performance Task,
6 - enumerate the central concepts of a novel, play, poem, short story etc.;
7 - technically speak about the pieces discussed.
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Identification of the Course / Syllabus Review / Discussion of Principles Survey of American Literature. “What is a Nation?” by E. Renan Compiled source.
2 “Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America” “Declaration of Independence” Compiled source.
3 American Transcendentalism: “Self-Reliance” R.W. Emerson Compiled source.
4 The Close Reading of the Selected Quotes from the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. London: Penguin Popular Classics, 2012. Print. (Only the Selected Parts!)
5 The Close Reading of the Selected Quotes from the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. London: Penguin Popular Classics, 2012. Print. (Only the Selected Parts!)
6 "O Captain! My Captain!" and "For You O Democracy!" Compiled source.
7 Gothic Fiction: “Ligeia” Edgar Allan Poe Compiled source.
8 Midterms
9 “My Life Closed Twice before Its Close” and “The Soul Selects Her Own Society” E. Dickinson Compiled source.
10 “Mending Wall” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost Compiled source.
11 Confessional Turn, Personal to Political: “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath Compiled source.
12 Peter Orr's Interview with Palth & Plath's biography and its relation to her pieces Compiled source.
13 The Authorial vs. Textual Meaning: “The Death of the Author” by R. Barthes Compiled source.
14 Revision
Resources
Course Notes <p>Documents compiled by the instructor</p>
Course Resources

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. London: Penguin Popular Classics, 2012. Print. (Only the Selected Parts!)
Other sources compiled by the instructor. Please see the Documents module on SABIS and the coursepack for the printed version.

Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 A graduate of the department is able to plan teaching processes.
2 A graduate of the department possesses the skill in organizing appropriate environments for English teaching.
3 A graduate of the department can evaluate materials and resources that are relevant to English teaching with a critical viewpoint.
4 A graduate of the department employs appropriate methods and techniques for English teaching.
5 A graduate of the department decides on the feasibility of software and other technological resources to be utilized in English teaching
6 A graduate of the department chooses the suitable learning strategies considering the personal traits of the students.
7 A graduate of the department develops writing, reading, speaking and listening skills of the students.
8 A graduate of the department uses measurement and assessment instruments in an effective way.
9 A graduate of the department generates solutions for the educational, social and economic problems of the society.
10 A graduate of the department questions to what degree s/he possesses the required qualifications of a teacher.
11 A graduate of the department follows the academic studies conducted in the field for his personal development.
12 A graduate of the department conveys his ideas on the significance of intercultural communication in the process of learning English as a foreign language.
13 A graduate of the department indicates the ways of digging up information that are compulsory for life-long learning.
14 A graduate of the department generates foreign language tests.
15 A graduate of the department designs original activities promoting the use of English in the daily life.
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Proje / Tasarım 100
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 60
1. Final 40
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 4 64
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 2 2
Assignment 2 10 20
Final examination 1 2 2
Total Workload 136
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5.44
dersAKTSKredisi 5