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Institute of Continuing Education


Please note that this course has started and enrolment is no longer possible.

This course is part of the Literature Summer Programme.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

We explore the remarkable literary renaissance that took place in the American South in the mid-20th century, focusing on three works: William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire and Richard Wright’s Native Son. We examine the intricate relationship between race, the Southern plantation myth and the tragic existential sensibility that so distinctively marks Southern literature.


Course dates

16 Jul 2018 to 20 Jul 2018

Course duration

1 week(s)

Apply by

25 Jun 2018

Course director


International Summer Programmes
Sidgwick Site
01223 760850

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

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