Anglophone literatures and cultures (2016/2017)

Course code
4S002911
Name of lecturer
Annalisa Pes
Coordinator
Annalisa Pes
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
Language of instruction
English
Period
I SEMESTRE dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

Lesson timetable

I SEMESTRE
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.3  
Thursday 4:50 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.4  
Friday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.4  

Learning outcomes

The course will provide students with an historical-theoretical introduction to postcolonial literature and studies and will concern a critical reading of novels and short stories from Australia, the Caribbean, and Africa. It will focus on the consequences of colonial invasion and dominance, and on the process of construction of new postcolonial identities by engaging with the issues of “diaspora”, “cultural heritage”, “nation”, “Orientalism”, “multiculturalism”, “creolization”.

Syllabus

“Colonialism and new postcolonial identities”

READING LIST
Novels:
- KATE GRENVILLE, The Secret River (2005)
- JAMAICA KINCAID, A Small Place (1988)
- SAM SELVON, Ways of Sunlight (1957)
- BUCHI EMECHETA, Second-Class Citizen (1974)
Critical Sources:
- J. McLeod, Beginning Postcolonialism (ch. 1-2-3-6-7)
- M. Looker, Atlantic Passages. History, Community, and Language in the Fiction of Sam Selvon ("Introduction, pp. 1-20)
- A. Dowson, Mongrel Nation (ch 4. “Beyond Imperial Feminism. Buchi Emecheta’s London Novels and Black British Women’s Emancipation”)
- C. McLeod, “Constructing a Nation: Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place”, Small Axe, 12, 1, 2008, pp. 77-92
- S. Kossew, “Voicing the “Great Australian Silence”: Kate Grenville’s Narrative of Settlement in The Secret River”, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 42, 2, 2007, pp. 7-18

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral assessment in English at the end of the course. Students will be tested on the contents of the novels and will be expected to critically discuss and analyze the main issues presented in the texts.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2016/2017