Literature of English-speaking Countries - Modulo 1 (2007/2008)

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Susanna Zinato
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II semestre dal Feb 18, 2008 al May 31, 2008.

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Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.6 from Feb 18, 2008  to Apr 12, 2008
Thursday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.6  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing students with a general introduction to the main themes and theories of the discipline, through critical reading and analysis of selected colonial and postcolonial literary texts.


An historical and theoretical introduction to the subject will be followed by the critical reading, in a wider diachronic perspective and with reference to more significant texts, of four exemplary novels in the passage from colonial to postcolonial literature.
The course will then explore the peculiar features of the Australian short story by focusing on some of the most significant examples in the field with a particular, but not exclusive, attention to women’s approach.

MODULE 1 ECTS 3: 24hrs (S. Zinato)
Historical and critical introduction: themes, questions, exemplary texts.

Primari Texts
- D. Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1729)
- G. Orwell, Burmese Days (1934)
- a scelta tra:
S. Selvon, Moses Ascending(1975) o J.M. Coetzee, Foe (1984)

Critical Works
- E. Said, “Introduction” a Orientalism (1978)
- B.Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H.Tiffin (eds.), The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, Routlege, 1995: “Postcolonial Literatures and Counterdiscourse” (H.Tiffin), “The Myth of Authenticity” (H.Tiffin), “Columbus and the Cannibals” (P. Hulme) e “The Muse of History” (D. Walcott).
General reference text: B.Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin (eds.), Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies, Routledge, 1998.

References and critical readings on the novels will be recommended at the beginning of the course.

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