Zakres egzaminu przedmiotowego dla specjalizacji amerykańskiej

B.2.2   Specjalizacja amerykańska (literatura i kultura)

B.2.2   (i) Literatura amerykańska

Podręczniki:

  • Lewicki, Z. (ed.) (1986) American Literature. Warszawa: U.S. Embassy in Warsaw.
  • Elliott, E. (ed.) (1988) The Columbia Literary History of the US. New York: Columbia UP.
  • Baym, N., et al. (eds) The Norton Anthology of American Literature, IV ed.

American Romanticism (the American Renaissance) – the novel, short story

Readings

Herman Melville: Moby Dick (fragments)

Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter

Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher

Terms

The American Gothic, romance, symbolizm

Tasks

What was Hawthorne’s vision of the Puritans in The Scarlet Letter? What were the features of the American romance against the aesthetics of the European realistic novel? The American Gothic in selected works by Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Melville’s interpretations of evil in Moby Dick.

American Romanticism – essays, poety

Readings

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Self-reliance

Henry David Thoreau: “Resistance to Civil Government

Walt Whitman: songs 1 – 6 from “Song of Myself” (Leaves of Grass)

Emily Dickinson: selected 5 poems

Terms

Self-reliance, civil disobedience, free verse

Tasks

The concepts of freedom, individualism, and originality in Emerson’s “Selfreliance”. Thoreau’s idea of civic responsibility. Themes and poetic styles in Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.

Realism and Naturalism in the American Novel

Readings

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Henry James: Daisy Miller

Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage

Terms

Determinizm, realism, naturalism

Tasks

Racial relations in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Nature and civilization as presented in Twain’s novel.The picture of war in The Red Badge of Courage. The role of determinism in Crane’s novel. America and Europe in Daisy Miller.

American Modernist Prose

Readings

Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

William Faulkner: Light in August

Terms

The lost generation, modernist aesthetics, the Roaring Twenties, flapper, stream of consciousness

Tasks

The impact of World War I on American modernist writers. The role of gender in selected modernist novels. The picture of the American South in Light in August. The significance of race in selected novels of American modernism Faulkner’s experimental modernism (stream of consciousness, treatment of time and psychology).

B.2.2 (ii) Kulturoznawstwo amerykańskie

Podręczniki:

  • Bromhead, P. Life in Modern America.
  • An Outline of American Geography, USIA.
  • An Outline of American Government, USIA.
  • Luedtke, L. S. (ed.) Making America.

Zagadnienia:

  • Regiony geograficzno-ekonomiczne i historyczno-kulturalne
  • Podstawy państwowości: podstawowe instrumenty polityczne
  • Instytucje i zjawiska społeczne, np. system szkolnictwa, stosunki etniczne
  • Instytucje i zjawiska kulturalne, np. prasa, telewizja
  • Wydarzenia bieżące

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