American Literature 2019 Session 1


Today we romped through an historical and cultural survey of American Literature, beginning with the early 17th Century and ending up with Tupak today! We also had a wonderful tutorial exploring Thoreau’s decision to live “deliberately” and not to die feeling that he hadn’t really lived. This paragraph provoked some powerful deep self-questioning by the group as a whole. Thank you all for your keen participation in classes this week. Below you will find the audios of lectures and tutorials. At the bottom of this blog you will find the PDF of the keynote slides used for this lecture. Enjoy!

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While these images powerfully show the differences in attitude between the rulers in American and England, it seems that in contemporary times a different link is being forged:


Lecture 1

Tutorial 2 advice

Tutorial 3

White Board Shots:


Lecture 1: PDF

American Literature Wk1 copy


First Blog Topics for American Literature 

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Try out any of these topics for your first blog. Remember that you are also permitted to create your own blog topics if none of these topics fit your interest!

CREATIVE Invent some lines of dialogue that might be occurring between Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in the illustration above.

CRITICAL From what you know about the USA has any thing surprised you in the literature that has been introduced to you so far in this unit. 

CRITICAL/ CREATIVE  What do you understand by Thoreau’s intention to live “deliberately”? Can you possibly explain this basing it in your own experience of your life right now? 

CRITICAL / CREATIVEChose a phrase or a sentence from Emerson’s essay “Nature” that really struck you as being accurate to your own experience of nature. Write a paragraph that captures an experience of nature of your own that supports what you understand to be Emerson’s vision of nature. 

 CRITICAL In your own words describe the key differences between the portraits of George Washington and George III illustrated earlier in this blog. 

Create your own CRITICAL OR CREATIVE  Blog topic based on any of the material that you have heard presented in the opening weeks of the unit. Don’t be afraid to share aspects of your own life that might shed light on the reading you have been doing for this unit.

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