English (ENGL) 358

Literature of the Americas (Revision 1)

ENGL 358 course cover

Permanently closed, effective December 22, 2015.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study. Audio component*.
*Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English course(s).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 358 has a Challenge for Credit option.


This course introduces students to four of the major literary traditions of North and South America and the cultures that produced them. The course examines the history and development of Spanish-American, Afro-American, and English- and French-Canadian literature. Themes and questions covered in the course include national myths and questions of identity, the land, forms and influences of colonialism and imperialism, relationships with the United States, guilt, the journey, magic, imagination, and creativity.

Note: Since this is a senior course, we expect students to have good reading and writing skills as well as the basic critical tools and knowledge of literary forms and techniques that are acquired in an introductory university English literature course like Athabasca University's English 211 and 212. Students who do not have the recommended credits in an introductory English literature course may experience significant difficulty with the essay assignments and examinations.


  • Unit 1: An Introduction to Reading Fiction
  • Unit 2-3: One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Unit 4: El Señor Presidente
  • Unit 5: Deep Rivers
  • Unit 6: The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man
  • Unit 7: Native Son
  • Unit 8: Song of Solomon
  • Unit 9: Tay John
  • Unit 10: Fifth Business
  • Unit 11: Surfacing
  • Unit 12: The Road Past Altamont
  • Unit 13: Kamouraska
  • Unit 14: Finding the Pattern


To receive credit for ENGL 358, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on each of the examinations. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Essay 1 Essay 2 Exam 1 Exam 2 Total
25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Arguedas, José Maria. Deep Rivers.

Asturias, Miguel Angel. El Señor Presidente.

Atwood, Margaret. Surfacing.

Davies, Robertson. Fifth Business.

Hébert, Anne. Kamouraska.

Johnson, James Weldon. The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man.

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon.

O'Hagan, Howard. Tay John. Ed., 2008.

Roy, Gabrielle. The Road Past Altamont. Ed., 2010.

Wright, Richard. Native Son.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a student manual and two study guides.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for ENGL 358 challenge for credit, you must pass the essay and the examination. Credit is awarded on a pass/fail basis only.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services