English Literature 1 LM (2013/2014)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Silvia Bigliazzi
Silvia Bigliazzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 1, 2013 al Jan 11, 2014.

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.10  
Friday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall S.11  

Learning outcomes

Students will be offered a discussion of some basic categories of Shakespeare’s plays, such as time and the tragic hero, and of his interpretation of the tragic in relation to classical and contemporary drama.


“The tragic and the sense of time in Shakespeare: the cases of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.”

The module will discuss the issue of time in Shakespeare’s tragedy starting with an analysis of Romeo and Juliet and then moving to an investigation of the issue of kingship in Macbeth.

LANGUAGE: The module will be held in English.


Primary texts:

• W. Shakespeare, Romeo e Giulietta (parallel text), a cura di S. Bigliazzi, Torino, Einaudi, 2012;
• W. Shakespeare, Macbeth (parallel text), a cura di A. Serpieri, Firenze, Giunti, 2002

Secondary texts:

• R.S. White (ed.), Romeo and Juliet (New Casebooks Series), Palgrave 2001: R.S. White, “Introduction”, pp. 1-27; L. Davies, “Death-marked love: Desire and presence in Romeo and Juliet”, pp. 28-46; C. Belsey, “The Name of the Rose in Romeo and Juliet”, pp. 47-67; J. Kristeva, “Romeo and Juliet: Love-Hatred in the Couple”, pp. 68-84; D. Callaghan, “The Ideology of Romantic Love: the Case of Romeo and Juliet”, pp. 85-115;
• A. Serpieri, Retorica e Immaginario, Pratiche, 1986: “La retorica a teatro”, pp. 73-106; “Polifonia shakespeariana”, pp. 109-192; “Macbeth: il tempo della paura”, pp. 193-266.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.

Teaching aids