English Literature II (2007/2008)

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Susanna Zinato
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2007 al Jan 12, 2008.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims at making the students familiar with authors and genre practices that are representative of the English literature and culture of the period going from the Restoration to the first half of the nineteenth century, and at fostering their critical approach to texts and contexts.


MODULO 1 (CFU 3: ore 24). Lirica amorosa del Seicento: il gioco delle parti.

- W. Shakespeare, Sonnets (6 sonetti, che verranno indicati a inizio semestre)
- J. Donne, “Elegy XIX: To his mistress going to bed”; “The good morrow”;
“The canonization”; “A valediction: forbidding mourning”.
- A. Marvell, “To his coy mistress”; “The definition of love”.
- J. W. Earl of Rochester, “Phillis, be gentler, I advise”; “Love and Life. A song”; “The imperfect enjoyment”; “Upon leaving his mistress”.
- A. Behn, “The golden age”; “On desire. A Pindarick”; “The disappointment”.

Opere critiche
- A. Serpieri (a cura di), Introduzione a W. Shakespeare, Sonetti, Rizzoli.
- D. Mackenzie, The Metaphysical Poets, Macmillan, 1990 (le parti che verranno indicate)
- R. Ballaster, “John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester”, in The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1650-1740, a cura di S.N. Zwicker, 1999.
- J. Munns. “Pastoral and lyric: Astrea in Arcadia”, in The Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn, a cura di D. Hughes e J. Todd, 2004.
- G.N. Leech, A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry, Longman, 1988 (sussidio di utile consultazione, facoltativo).

MODULO 2 (CFU 3 : ore 24). L’etica dell’ironia: autoriflessività e ironia narrativa in Tristram Shandy e Barry Lyndon.

- L. Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-67) (le parti che verranno indicate).
- W.M. Thackeray, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. (1844, 1856)

Opere critiche
- M. New (ed.), The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Laurence Sterne, New Casebooks, Macmillan, 1988 (I capitoli che verranno indicati).
- E.F. Harden, Thackeray the Writer, Macmillan, 1998 (ch.6).
- S. Chatman, Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film, Cornell U.P., 1983 (le parti che verranno indicate).

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination