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Course module: TL3V15005
Atlantic Crossings: Representations of Europe in American Literature
Course infoSchedule
Course codeTL3V15005
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; BA Onderwijs Geesteswetenschappen; Ug School Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie;
Contact persondr. D. Rubin
Telephone+31 30 2536628
drs. S.J. Cook
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T.G. Pollard
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dr. D. Rubin
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dr. D. Rubin
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Teaching period
4  (25/04/2016 to 01/07/2016)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotD: WED-afternoon, Friday
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 04/04/2016 09:00 up to and including 05/04/2016 23:59
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
Course goals
Knowledge and understanding of Transatlantic interaction in American literary history
Insight into and the ability to analyze the role of Transatlantic “othering” in identity-  formation in American literature.
The ability to employ relevant concepts from diverse disciplines in examining literary texts in social, cultural, and historical context. 
Literary critic and novelist Malcolm Bradbury has argued that the development of American literature can only be properly understood as an expression of the intensive transatlantic exchanges during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course explores these “Transatlantic mythologies, ” as Bradbury calls them, by studying the various ways in which Europe is represented in the great tradition of American literary expression. As transatlantic literature adopts perspectives from the other side and negotiates and explores the mental space in between, it also serves to construct and define national, ethnic, and individual identities in opposition to an imagined other. This course will examine these transatlantic encounters in American literature by studying  works from the 17th century to the present, with a particular focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Primary texts will be drawn from the mainstream tradition of canonical American literature and/or from the rich body of ethnic (immigrant) literature in which Europe inevitably looms large. 
Entry requirements
Required materials
To be decided by teacher
Costs of materials:65.00
Instructional formats


Class session preparation
Students are expected to read the assigned literature closely and to come to class prepared for a thorough discussion of the reading material.

Contribution to group work
All students are expected to contribute to the preparation of oral presentations in small groups, which will involve Web-based assignments.

Active participation
Test weight10
Minimum grade-

Insight into societal background and function of cultural texts
Oral presentation of original research
Reporting interdisciplinary research
Writing a scientific essay.

Test weight20
Minimum grade5.5

Test weight50
Minimum grade5.5

Inzicht in maatschappelijke achtergrond en functie van culturele teksten
Mondelinge presentatie van eigen onderzoek
Verslaglegging van interdisciplinair onderzoek
Schrijven van een wetenschappelijk essay

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Aspects of student academic development
Academic thinking, working and acting
Communication skills
Working with scientific equipment

Test weight20
Minimum grade5.5

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