EKIS4001 American Novels (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



- Option A: Paul Auster: The Invention of Solitude, Leviathan, and The Book of Illusions.
- Option B: F Scott Fitzgerald: Two short stories The Diamond as Big as The Ritz and The Ice Palace and the novels The Beautiful and Damned and Tender is the Night.
- Option C: from Nagel, Anthology of the American Short Story: the short stories of two of the eras.

Completion methods

Self study.

Assessment by a Koppa exam. Note that the possibility of this method of assessment alternates between academic years as follows:
2017 - 2018: Options A and B;
2018 - 2019: Option C;
2019 - 2020: Options A and B.

Assessment details


Learning outcomes

After studying the books candidates are expected to be able to write answers to an essay question in which they
• identify themes in the books
• analyse how the themes are developed
• make appropriate use of supporting textual evidence

Additional information

The Examination is an 'Open Book' Examination so the books above - with light annotations on the pages - may be used.

IMPORTANT. A candidate who has been examined already on a particular option at Intermediate Studies level may not offer the same option later at Advanced level. So for example if a candidate has already done Option A on Paul Auster at Intermediate Studies Level, that candidate may not do Option A on Paul Auster at Advanced Level.

Description of prerequisites

At least one course or book exam on Literature at Intermediate Studies level

Study materials

The works of fiction listed above. Note that it is a formal requirement that they are read in English.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item