Literature of English-speaking Countries (2013/2014)

Course code
4S00866
Credits
9
Coordinator
Annalisa Pes
Academic sector
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
Language of instruction
English
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Modulo 1 6 I semestre Annalisa Pes
Modulo 2 3 I semestre Susanna Zinato

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Modulo 1 Wednesday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.8 from Oct 10, 2013  to Oct 31, 2013
Modulo 1 Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.8 from Oct 10, 2013  to Oct 31, 2013
Modulo 1 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.6 from Oct 10, 2013  to Oct 31, 2013
Modulo 2 Wednesday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.8 from Nov 4, 2013  to Jan 11, 2014
Modulo 2 Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.8 from Nov 4, 2013  to Jan 11, 2014
Modulo 2 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.6 from Nov 4, 2013  to Jan 11, 2014

Learning outcomes

The course aims at introducing students to the main themes and theoretical issues of postcolonial studies through an in-depth analysis of representative colonial and postcolonial texts in English.

Syllabus

After an historical and theoretical introduction to the subject of postcolonial studies lectures will focus on the critical reading of some South African, Caribbean and Australian novels and short stories dealing with the theme of madness.

primary sources
- J.M. Coetzee, In the Heart of the Country (1977)
- Erna Brodber, Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980)
- Henry Lawson, da The Bush Undertaker and Other Stories (1970) “Water Them Geraniums” (1899), “The Bush Undertaker” (1892), “No Place for a Woman” (1899)
- Patrick White, The Aunt’s Story (1948); da The Burnt Ones (1964): “Clay”, “The Letters”

secondary sources
- B.Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H.Tiffin (eds.), The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, Routlege, 1995. I seguenti capitoli: Introduction; Chap. 2; Chap.5
- S. Zinato, A. Pes (eds), Ex-centric Writing. Essays on Madness in Postcolonial Fiction, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. I seguenti capitoli: Introduction; Chap. 2 (C. Concilio); Chap. 5 (J. Thieme); Chap. 7 (D. Callahan); Cap. 8 (A. Pes).
- G. Wilentz, “Reclaiming Residual Culture: African Heritage as Caribbean Cures in Erna Brodber’s Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home” in Healing Narratives: Women Writers Curing Cultural Dis-ease, Rutgers University Press, 2000 (pp. 27-52)
- A. Lawson, “Bound to Dis-integrate. Narrative Interpretation in The Aunt’s Story”, Antipodes, 6: 1, June 1992, pp. 9-15
Reference texts:
- B.Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin (eds.), Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies, Routledge, 1998.
- E. Benson, L.W. Connolly (eds), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literatures in English, 2005


Non-attending students are requested to supplement the list of readings with the following, compulsory, one (optional for attending students):

- D. Head, J.M. Coetzee, Cambridge University Press, 1997 (chap. 1; chap. 3)
- S. Rowley, “Imagination, Madness and Nation in Australian Bush Mythology” in K. Darian-Smith, L. Gunner and S. Nuttall, Text, Theory, Space, Routledge, 1996 (pp.131-144)
- J.F. Burrows, “’Jardin Exotique’: the Central Phase of The Aunt’s Story”, Southerly, III, 1966, pp. 152-173


NOTICE:
All texts are to be read in English

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination at the end of the course