American Literature and Culture


Prof. Aysha Iqbal

IIT Madras

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Familiarity with English/American literature.


Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan is professor of film studies, drama and popular culture in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. Among her several books are Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors(ed.) Sage: New Delhi, 2017, Post-liberalization Indian Novels in English: Global Reception & Politics of Award London: ANTHEM, 2013.  Her books on communication include English for Technical Communication, and English for Nurses and English for the Hotel Industry

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Course Details

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 Romanticism Edgar 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 fiction science fiction Counter Culture
Week 11:  Christopher Hitchens “Jewish Power, Jewish Peril.”Conclusion.


Primary texts:

1.    Henry James. The Portrait of a Lady.
2.    Theodore Dreiser. An American Tragedy.
3.    Eugene O’Neill. Desire under the Elms.
4.    Ernest Hemingway. The Sun Also Rises.
5.    Edgar Allan Poe. “Annabel Lee”.
6.    Flannery O’Connor. “Good Country People.”
7.    Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
8.    Lillian Hellman. The Children’s Hour.
9.    Arthur Miller. A View from the Bridge.
10.    Hart Crane. “To Brooklyn Bridge.”
11.    Christopher Hitchens. “Jewish Power, Jewish Peril.”

Secondary texts:

1.    Bertens, Hans & Theo D’haen. American Literature: A History, Routledge, 2014.
2.    Baym, Nina. Norton Anthology of American Literature vol 1 and 2, WW Norton & Co., 2012.
3.    Gray, Richard. A History of American Literature (Blackwell, 2004)
4.    Bradbury, Malcolm and  Ruland, Richard.  From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature, Penguin, 1991.
5.    Salzman, Jack. The Cambridge Handbook of American Literature. Cambridge University Press, 1986.


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