This course aims at providing students with an advanced knowledge of themes, genres, and tendencies in the literature and culture of the United States. Focus will be on specific texts and on a variety of critical approaches to interpret them. By the end of this course, students will be able to amalyze texts that show specific tendencies of American culture. They will be able to connect literary works to political, social, and religious events. They will develop critical awareness in seeing how literature is influenced by its context, and how the context defines literature, this allowing for domestic and international consequences. Furthermore students will be able to approach texts with adequate critical tools, and will be familiar with specific features of American English.
The course aims at analyzing the prison system as a pattern for American society.
We will read literary texts and critical essays on the subject, ranging from justice to its psychological implication within the penal system.
|Ava du Vernay||13TH - XIII emendamento FILM||2016|
|Bauer, S.||American Prison||2018|
|Baliga, S.||An Example of Restorative Justice with Sujatha Baliga|
|Melville, H.||Bartleby, the Scrivener|
|Spike Lee||BlacKKKlansman FILM||2018|
|Thoreau, H.D.||Civil Disobedience|
|Kalica, E. e Santorso S. (a cura di),||Farsi la galera. Spazi e culture del penitenziario. Ombre Corte 2018|
|Green T.||From the Plantation to the Prison||2008|
|Spike Lee||Get on the Bus (film)||1996|
|LeRoy, M.||I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!|
|Kok, B. van Der||Il corpo accusa il colpo ITAL TRANSL di The Body Keeps the Score||Cortina|
|D.W. Griffith||Intolerance FILM||1916|
|London, J.||"Pinched": A Prison Experience|
|Fleetwood, N.R.||“Posing in Prison: Family Photographs, Emotional Labor, and Carceral Intimacy”|
|Matthew Cooke||Survivors Guide to Prison FILM||2018|
|Bunker, Edward||The Education of a Felon|
|Poe, E.A.||“The Pit and the Pendulum”|
|Ava du Vernay||When They See Us FILM|