English Literature I [CInt dispari] (2008/2009)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Annalisa Pes
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Mar 2, 2009 al May 30, 2009.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.6  
Friday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.4  

Learning outcomes

The course follows the stages of British colonization and de-colonization through the analysis of significant literary works issued in the Victorian, Modern and Post-modern ages


Colonization and reverse colonization in Imperial and post-Imperial British literature.
The course is focused on the thematic and ideological analysis of literary texts centred on the relationship between the East and the West and on the definition of the colonial world as “Otherness”. Students will be presented with the changing perceptions of British national identity in relation to the making and loss of colonial Empire and to the rise of a multiethnic society from the second world war onwards.


1) Primary Texts:
- R. Kipling, a choice of stories from Plain Tales from the Hills (any English edition)
- E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (any English edition)
- S. Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (any English edition)
- D. Lessing, a choice of stories from London Observed (any English edition)

2) References:
- Edward Said, Orientalism, London, Penguin, 2003 (ch. 1)
- S. Albertazzi, Lo sguardo dell’Altro, Roma, Carocci, 2000, (pp. 23-45)
- G. Baumann, L’enigma multiculturale, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2003
- S. Rushdie, “The New Empire within Britain” in Imaginary Homelands, London, Granta Books, 1992 (pp. 129-138)
- Stephen Arata Fictions of Loss in the Victorian Fin de Siecle, Cambridge, CUP, 1996 (pp. 151-177)
- O. De Zordo, I grandi accordi. Strategie narrative nel romanzo di E.M. Forster, Bari, Adriatica editrice, 1992 (pp. 245-292)
- M. Looker, Atlantic Passages. History, Community and Language in the Fiction of Sam Selvon, New York, Peter Lang, 1996 (pp. 59-80)

As regards the literary and cultural context spanning from the Victorian to contemporary age, students are free to choose among the following handbooks:

- P. Bertinetti, Storia della letteratura inglese (vol. 2 – Dal Romanticismo all’età contemporanea), Einaudi, 2000
- A. Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2004
- R. Carter & J. McRae, The Routledge History of English Literature, Routledge, 2001

To facilitate textual reading, students may refer to any of the following handbooks of rhetoric, stylistics and poetics:

• Bice Mortara Garavelli, Manuale di retorica, Milano, Bompiani, 1999
• Maria Pia Ellero, Introduzione alla retorica, Firenze, Sansoni Editore, 1997
• A. Marchese, Dizionario di retorica e stilistica, Milano, Mondadori, 2002
• A. Marchese, L’officina della poesia, Milano, Mondadori, 1997

Primary texts are to be read in English.
Students unable to attend lectures are required to get in touch with the teachers before preparing for the exam.

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam