American Literature & Culture

By Prof. Aysha Iqbal   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 340
About the course:
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INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any Interested Learners.
PREREQUISITES: Familiarity with English/American literature.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Colleges/universities.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Introduction to the course. Henry James. The Portrait of a Lady. Introduction to Henry James and his works Plot/character/literary techniques/style
Week 2  : -do-
Week 3  : Theodore Dreiser. An American Tragedy.Plot/character/literary techniques/style
Week 4  : Eugene O’Neill. Desire under the Elms.Introduction to Eugene O’Neill and his worksPlot/character/literary techniques/style
Week 5  :  American RomanticismEdgar Allan Poe. “Annabel Lee.”Flannery O’Connor. “Good Country People.” 
Week 6  :  Ernest Hemingway. The Sun Also RisesPlot/character/literary techniques/style
Week 7  :  Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence. Plot/character/literary techniques/style
Week 8  :  Lillian Hellman. The Children’s HourPlot/character/literary techniques/style
Week 9  :  Arthur Miller. A View from the Bridge.Plot/character/literary techniques/style
Week 10  :  Hart Crane. “To Brooklyn Bridge.”Pulp fictionScience fiction Counter Culture
Week 11  :  Christopher Hitchens “Jewish Power, Jewish Peril.”Conclusion.

Books and references

Primary texts:

1.    Henry James. The Portrait of a Lady.
2.    Theodore Dreiser. An American Tragedy.
3.    Eugene O’Neill. Desire under the Elms.
4.    Ernest Hemingway. The Sun Also Rises.
5.    Edgar Allan Poe. “Annabel Lee”. 
6.    Flannery O’Connor. “Good Country People.”
7.    Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
8.    Lillian Hellman. The Children’s Hour.
9.    Arthur Miller. A View from the Bridge.
10.    Hart Crane. “To Brooklyn Bridge.”
11.    Christopher Hitchens. “Jewish Power, Jewish Peril.”

Secondary texts:

1.    Bertens, Hans & Theo D’haen. American Literature: A History, Routledge, 2014.
2.    Baym, Nina. Norton Anthology of American Literature vol 1 and 2 , WW Norton & Co. , 2012.
3.    Gray, Richard. A History of American Literature (Blackwell, 2004)
4.    Bradbury, Malcolm and  Ruland, Richard.  From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature , Penguin, 1991.
5.    Salzman, Jack. The Cambridge Handbook of American Literature. Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Instructor bio

Prof. Aysha Iqbal

IIT Madras
Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan is professor of film studies, drama and popular culture in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. Among her several books are Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors(ed.) Sage: New Delhi, 2017, Post-liberalization Indian Novels in English: Global Reception & Politics of Award London: ANTHEM, 2013.  Her books on communication include English for Technical Communication, and English for Nurses and English for the Hotel Industry

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
30 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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