The curricular unit has the following objectives:
As competências a desenvolver são as seguintes:
1.1.Puritan narrative and biblical analogy – William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation;
1.2.Puritan poetry and confession – Anne Bradstreet and Edward Taylor;
1.3.Building a culture of the self – Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography;
1.4.The Iluministic mythical rhetoric – The Declaration of the Independence and Thomas Jefferson’s and John Adams’ letters.
2.1.Emerson’s philosophical innovations – “The American Scholar”, “Nature” and “The Poet”;
2.2.The relationship with Nature – H. D. Thoreau’s Walden;
2.3.The tension with the Other – Edgar Allan Poe
2.4.The emergence of an epic discourse – Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass;
2.5.The tension between epic and tragedy – Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick;
3. From Modernis to Post-modernism
3.1.The persistence of the epic – Hart Crane and Wallace Stevens;
3.2.The renewed tension between epic and tragedy – F. S. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby;
3.3.The relationship with the Other – Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
Avelar, Mário. História(s) da Literatura Americana – prefáciode George Monteiro (Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 2005)
O Nascimento de uma nação – Nas origens daliteratura americana (Chamusca: Cosmos, 2008)
Miller Jr., James E.. The American Quest for aSupreme Fiction (Chicago: The Chicago University Press, 1976)
Pearce, Roy Harvey. The Continuity of AmericanPoetry (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1961)
Ramalho, Maria Irene. Literatura Norte-Americana(Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1998)
Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final exam in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).