Department of American and Canadian Studies

American literature

Student vlogger Calvin chats to Graham Thompson, Professor of American Literature, for the lowdown on the literature side of our American and Canadian Studies courses.

Gillian and Matthew give you an overview of their literature modules

North American Film Adaptations

American Magazine Culture


Other literature modules you can choose from include:

  • Contemporary North American Fiction
  • American Literature and Culture 1: 1830-1940
  • American Literature and Culture 2: Since 1940
  • From Landscapes to Mixtapes: Canadian Literature, Film and Culture
  • African American History and Culture
  • Ethnic' and New Immigrant Writing in the United States
  • Recent Queer Writing
  • Varieties of Classic American Film, Television and Literature since 1950

In school I really disliked literature and was very worried about studying it as part of my degree. However, the range of readings - including the mix of film and play scripts - really engaged me in the course. It was very helpful to try new things and then tailor my studies to my newfound interests. This year I even found myself optionally choosing to write on poetry!
Hannah McHardie, American and Canadian Studies (Study Abroad)

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If you want an excellent introduction to American literature we recommend the Great American Novel podcast.

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