English literature 1 LM. Forms, genres, and critical approaches (2015/2016)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S002940
Name of lecturer
Daniela Carpi
Coordinator
Daniela Carpi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
Language of instruction
English
Period
I semestre dal Oct 1, 2015 al Jan 9, 2016.

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall S.11  
Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.10  

Learning outcomes

"Monsters and Monstrosity in English Literature from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first century"

The monster is the protagonist of the relationship between nature and revelation, as the connection between chance and necessity. It entails a problem of classification, but it is also a stylistic and expressive mode. It presents an aporia which denounces man’s fragile image of himself. The monster on one hand sets the limits of the human, but on the other hand it points to a transcendence to which man aspires. These are only some of the topics the course will deal with, in a diachronical progression from early Nineteenth century to the contemporary period.

Syllabus

TEXTS:
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)
William Golding, Darkness Visible (1979)
Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber (1979)
Eliza Granville, Gretel and the Dark (2014)

CRITICAL TEXTS:
--Marina Levina and Diem-My T.Bui eds, Monster Culture in the 21st Century, London, New York, Sidney, Bloomsbury, 2013.
--David A. Hedric Hirsch, “Liberty, Equality, Monstrosity: Revolutionizing the family in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein “, in Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, ed, Monster Theory, University of Minnesota Press, 1996, Chapter 6.
--E. Burke E.Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful , 1757

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2015/2016