American Literature provides a survey of major American authors from the early 17th to late 20th centuries. Emphasis is placed on analyzing how authors convey their ideas and produce emotional effects in individual works as well as on understanding major trends in the development of American Literature. The activities students are required to complete in this subject include discussing the use of various literary elements in the assigned works, comparing and contrasting literary elements in different works, and discussing historical influences on particular works. By the end of the course students are asked to analyze a novel that they have read on their own.
There are 8 examinations in American Literature.
American Literature, a custom published textbook prepared for the American School by Globe Fearon using original texts; Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, Simon & Schuster. (Students may substitute one of four other novels for The Old Man and the Sea, but they are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the substitute novel.)