LIT3026 : US 1970s Literature and Film

Convener(s): Dr Duco van Oostrum


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

After the excitement of the 1960s in the US, the 1970s came and went without much ado, it seemed. In this module, we will challenge the dull stereotypes of the 1970s by reading the literature and films produced in that decade, and studying them in the context of a decade as divisive as the 1960s. The module naturally follows on from the 2nd year module American Culture in the 1960s (EGH205), but focuses in on cultural expressions through literature and film. The module uses periodicity as a method of critical examination, rather than single author, thematically, or theoretically framed modules, in line with new current research in American Studies. Under the presidencies of Nixon and Carter, The Vietnam War ended, Title IX legislation was introduced, Civil Rights became mainstream, Watergate caused political upheaval and much more happened during the happy 70s. Some films and texts: Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; All the President’s Men, Song of Solomon.


There will two teaching hours per week. The first hour will be a joint session consisting of both groups. The second hour will be a smaller seminar group. We will also ‘meet’ on a WebCT site, a virtual seminar. We will also hold film viewings, usually Friday afternoon.


  1. Invididual 200-word weekly responses on the WebCT bulletin board (10%) (best 7 count).
  2. 1,00 word essay, course work. 30%
  3. Final: 2,500-word research essay. 60%

Contact Details

Dr Duco van Oostrum 01142228468

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:22 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK