Anglo-american literature and cultures (2018/2019)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PARTE I 6 L-LIN/11-ANGLO-AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES I semestre Roberto Cagliero
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/11-ANGLO-AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES I semestre Roberto Cagliero

Learning outcomes

This course aims at providing students with a basic knowledge of the literature of United States in its complexity and plurality. Focus will be on specific texts, movements and literary tendencies.

By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize specific and often conflictual forms of writing. These are in fact generated within the context of different ethnic realities and traditions, and even though they are labeled as American Literature because of geographic reasons, they have totally different goals and forms of expression. Furthermore students will be able to approach texts with adequate critical tools, and will be familiar with specific features of American English.

Syllabus

This course analyses different aspects of the relationship between jail and literture in the United States. We will recognize and define concepts such as rauma, resilience, and restorative justice in nineteenth and twentieth American literature.
Several videos and films are included in the program.

Book list
This is NOT the final version. Please start reading those texts preceded by the "§" sign. The final program will be available soon.


AAVV, “Sulla pena di morte”. Acoma http://www.acoma.it/content/sulla-pena-di-morte
Abu-Jamal, M. (1995). Live from death row. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
Agamben, G. Homo Sacer (la parte su coma e braccio della morte)

Algren, N. short story "El Presidente de Mejico" explored his experience in a Texas jail. Sta nel libro The Neon Wilderness

§ Baliga, S. An Example of Restorative Justice with Sujatha Baliga https://www.google.it/search?q=An+Example+of+Restorative+Justice+with+Sujatha+Baliga&oq=An+Example+of+Restorative+Justice+with+Sujatha+Baliga&aqs=chrome..69i57.604j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

§ Baliga, S. Transformative Justice in Education Speaker Series (video - speech starts at minute 8:10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khB0U0wMT4o

§ Blumenthal, R. “Confined In Prisons, Literature Breaks Out” (Aug. 26, 2000) https://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/26/books/confined-in-prisons-literature-breaks-out.html

Chevigny, B. G. (Ed.) (1999). Doing time: 25 years of prison writing. New York: Arcade

Confined In Prisons, Literature Breaks Out. New York Times, August 26, 2000: B9. ProQuest Historical Newspapers, The New York Times (1851-2003).

§ Davis, A. Are Prisons Obsolete? 2003 OK

Davis, A. The Prison Industrial Complex 1999

§ Fleetwood, N.R. “Posing in Prison: Family Photographs, Emotional Labor, and Carceral Intimacy”. Public Culture 27:3, 2015
§ Foucault, M. (1977). Discipline and Punish. (A. Sheridan, Trans.). New York: Pantheon. (Sorvegliare e punire)

Franklin, H. B. The Victim as Criminal and Artist: Literature from the American Prison (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1978 FRINZI
§ Gordon, A. F. “Angela Davis. Globalism and the prison industrial complex: an interview with Angela Davis”, Race Class 1999; 40; 145 PDF
Green, T. From the Plantation to the Prison. African American Confinement Lietrature. Mercer UP 2008

Herivel, T. and Paul Wright edd. Prison nation: the warehousing of America’s poor. Routledge 2003

Jackson, B. “Attica. Un anniversario di morte”. Acoma
§ Jackson, G. George Jackson/San Quentin https://vimeo.com/100361380 video
§ Jackson, G. Soledad Brother. The Prison Letters of George Jackson https://libcom.org/files/soledad-brother-the-prison-letters-of-george-jackson.pdf
§ Kalica, E. e Santorso S. (a cura di), Farsi la galera. Spazi e culture del penitenziario. Ombre Corte 2018
King, M. L. (1963). “Letters from Birmingham jail”. https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Letter_Birmingham_Jail.pdf

§ Kolk, B. van Der. The Body Keeps the Score. Penguin (Il corpo accusa il colpo, Raffaele Cortina 2015
Larson, D. (Ed.) (2014). Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press. FRINZI

London, J. "Pinched": A Prison Experience RENDERO’ DISPONIBILE

§ Lowrie, D. My Life in Prison (1912) PDF Copisteria 30eoltre

Malcolm X, Autobiography (la parte dedicata al carcere) FRINZI

Mayr, Andrea. Prison discourse: language as a means of control and resistance. Palgrave, 2004 FRINZI

§ Melville, H. Bartleby, the Scrivener. http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/11231/pg11231.html

Miller, D.Q. (ed.), Prose and Cons: Essays on Prison Literature in the United States (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2005)

§ Nat Turner, Confession https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/turner/turner.html

§ Pelàez, Vicky. “The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?” El Diario-La Prensa, New York and Global Research 10 March 2008 http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289
Platt, A. M. (1999). 'Prison Writing in 20th-Century America', Social Justice 26.

§ Poe, E.A., “The Pit and the Pendulum” https://www.eapoe.org/works/tales/pitpdma.htm

§ Robert E. Burns, I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang (1932) e il film omonimo di Mervin LeRoy (1932)

Senghor, S. Writing my wrongs : life, death, and redemption in an American prison. NY Convergent Books 2016

Sudbury, G. Ed. Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex. Routledge 2014

§ Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper2/thoreau/civil.html

§ Tullis, P. “Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?” https://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/magazine/can-forgiveness-play-a-role-in-criminal-justice.html


Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Baliga, S. An Example of Restorative Justice with Sujatha Baliga   https://www.google.it/search?q=An+Example+of+Restorative+Justice+with+Sujatha+Baliga&oq=An+Example+of+Restorative+Justice+with+Sujatha+Baliga&aqs=chrome..69i57.604j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Gordon, A. F. “Angela Davis. Globalism and the prison industrial complex: an interview with Angela Davis”   Race Class 1999; 40; 145
Davis, A. Are Prisons Obsolete?  
Melville, H. Bartleby, the Scrivener   http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/11231/pg11231.html
Tullis, P. “Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?”   https://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/magazine/can-forgiveness-play-a-role-in-criminal-justice.html
Thoreau, H.D. Civil Disobedience   http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
Turner, N. Confession   https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/turner/turner.html
Blumenthal, R. “Confined In Prisons, Literature Breaks Out” (Aug. 26, 2000 2000 https://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/26/books/confined-in-prisons-literature-breaks-out.html
Foucault, M. Discipline and Punish   Ed. ital. Sorvegliare e punire
Kalica, E. e Santorso S. (a cura di), Farsi la galera. Spazi e culture del penitenziario. Ombre Corte 2018  
Jackson, G. George Jackson/San Quentin   VIDEO https://vimeo.com/100361380
LeRoy, M. I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!   FILM Versione italiana: Io sono un evaso
Burns, E.B. I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!   NOVEL. Please see also entry for the film directed by LeRoy, M. that goes by the same title: I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
Lowrie, D. My Life in Prison  
Fleetwood, N.R. “Posing in Prison: Family Photographs, Emotional Labor, and Carceral Intimacy”   Public Culture 27:3, 2015
Jackson, G. Soledad Brother. The Prison Letters of George Jackson   https://libcom.org/files/soledad-brother-the-prison-letters-of-george-jackson.pdf
Kolk, B. van Der The Body Keeps the Score   Ed. ital. Il corpo accusa il colpo, Raffaele Cortina 2015
Poe, E.A. “The Pit and the Pendulum”   https://www.eapoe.org/works/tales/pitpdma.htm
Pelàez, Vicky “The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?” El Diario-La Prensa, New York and Global Research 10 March 2008   http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289
Baliga, S. Transformative Justice in Education Speaker Series   video - speech starts at minute 8:10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khB0U0wMT4o