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Advanced Topics in American Literature: US Southern Literature


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Class code A6301
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 木1/Thu.1
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 3~4
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

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Outline and objectives

Southern literature is perhaps the best-known regional literature of the United States, featuring voices, genres, and motifs specific to its distinct tradition. But it is far from a monolith, and the literature of the south reflects the diverse cultures, peoples, and languages of the region. Moreover, southern literature has often given a sharp focus to social, historical, and cultural issues of the United States, serving as a grim counterpoint to more optimistic national mythmaking. This course will focus on southern literature in the twentieth century, exploring how writers respond to questions of war, race, memory, class, and modernization.


Students will examine the historical context and major themes of southern literature. Students will also develop critical reading and writing skills.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(2020年度はオンライン授業の実施に伴い、変更の可能性があります。変更は学習支援システム等で提示します。/Method(s) may change depending on the online lesson.Changes will be reflected in the Learning Management System, etc.)

Class time will be divided between lectures and group discussions.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No




Introduction to the course and selection exam.

2:Defining the South

An overview of the culture and history of the South

3:Postwar Culture and Modernity

Tate, Ode to the Confederate Dead

4:Community and Memory

Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

5:Race in the Postwar South (1)

Wright, The Ethics of Living Jim Crow

6:Race in the Postwar South (2)

Welty, Where is the Voice Coming From?

7:Southern Gothic

Capote, A Tree of Night

8:Review & Midterm Examination

No reading

9:Precariousness in the Changing South

Dickey, selected poems

10:Grotesque Allegories

O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find

11:Culture and Authenticity

Walker, Everyday Use

12:The Modern South (1)

Gates, Colored People

13:The Modern South (2)

Rash, Speckled Trout

14:Final Synthesis

Review of the major themes of the course

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students should perform close readings of each of the assigned texts. Students should come to class prepared to ask questions and engage in discussion. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


Readings will be provided in class as handouts.


Andrews, William et al. The Literature of the American South. Norton, 1998.
Additional references will be announced in class.

Grading criteria

Class contribution (30%), reading quizzes (20%), in-class midterm paper (25%), final paper (25%)

Changes following student comments