This survey lecture is indispensable for understanding the development of American literature within changing historical contexts; it forms the backbone of your studies of American literature. The second part will carry you from the Civil War through Realism, Modernism, and Postmodernism to the contemporary multicultural literatures of the United States. Special emphasis will be put on the impact of ethnicity, gender, and social relations on American writing. Most texts discussed in the lecture will be taken from the Heath Anthology of American Literature, ed. Paul Lauter (Fifth edition, vols. C-E, ISBN 0-618-54239-6; or a used earlier edition) whose purchase is recommended to students who want to specialize in American Studies. Some texts will be available as a Reader.
Please note that this lecture forms part of various literature modules (Grundlagen I, Grundlagen II, in some cases Vertiefung I).