English Literature I [F - O Commercio Internazionale] (2007/2008)

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Lisanna Calvi
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II semestre dal Feb 18, 2008 al May 31, 2008.

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Learning outcomes

Taking a selection of twentieth-century literary texts as a starting-point, this course aims at exploring the presence of narrative paths which, also resting on autobiographical foundations, delineate the artistic (and human) individualities of `sons’ versus the pronouncements of `fathers’.


Coming-of-Age Stories in the Twentieth Century».

- E. Gosse, Father and Son (1907), Penguin, 1983.
- J. Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Penguin, 1992, chapters I, IV, V.
- J. Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985), Vintage, 1992.
Critical readings
- H. Henderson, The Victorian Self. Autobiography and Biblical Narrative, Cornell University Press, 1989, pp. 119-158.
- L. H. Peterson, Victorian Autobiography. The Tradition of Self-Interpretation, Yale University Press, 1986, pp. 156-191.
- R. DiGiuseppe, «The Importance of Being Ironic: Mock Passion in Joyce’s Portrait», in Atti dell’VIII Convegno AIA, 1985, pp. 129-143.
- L. T. Lemon, «A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Motif as Motivation and Structure», in Twentieth-Century Interpretations of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Prentice-Hall, 1968, pp. 439-450.
- L. Bollinger, «Models for Female Loyalty: The Biblical Ruth in Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit», in Tulsa’s Studies in Women’s Literature, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Autumn 1994), pp. 363-380.
- S. Onega, «“I’m telling you stories: trust me”: History/Story-Telling in Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit», in Telling Histories. Narrativizing History, Historicizing Literature, edited by S. Onega, Rodopi, 1995, pp. 135-147.
Supplementary reading
- P. Stefani, Le radici bibliche della cultura occidentale, Mondadori, 2004, pp. 1-19.
- S. R. Centola, «“The White Peace of the Altar”: White Imagery in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man», in South Atlantic Review, Vol. 50, No. 4. (Nov., 1985), pp. 93-106.
Textbooks (one of the following)
- D. Daiches, A Critical History of English Literature, Mandarin, 1994 (volume 2: The Restoration to the Present Day).
- D. Daiches, Storia della letteratura inglese, Garzanti, 1998.
- M. Praz, Storia della letteratura inglese, Sansoni, 2000.
- A. Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Clarendon Press, (third edition) 2004.
Dictionaries and study guides
Collins Cobuilt, English Language Dictionary, Collins, 2001; F. Picchi, Grande dizionario Inglese/Italiano, Italiano/Inglese, Hoepli, 1999; A. Marchese, Dizionario di retorica e stilistica, Mondadori, 2002; J.C. Wells, Longman Pronouncing Dictionary, Collins, 2001; A. Marchese, L’officina del racconto, Mondadori, 1997.
Please be advised
Students who do not attend classes are required to contact the instructor for the preparation of the exam.

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam

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