English Literature II [Tur] (2008/2009)

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Lisanna Calvi
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2008 al Jan 17, 2009.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at exploring how Restoration theatre critically echoed the variability of values which, at the dawn of modernity, assisted the birth of the British nation and how in the following century – the XVIII – the exaltation of virtue transformed, in a novelistic context, into an “exchange value” and ambiguously blurred its boundaries.


«To be assur’d of what is Vice or Virtue». The Spectacle of Politics and the Settlement of Virtue.
- John Dryden, The Indian Queen
- Nathaniel Lee, Lucius Junius Brutus
- Samuel Richardson, Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded
Critical readings
- M. Kishlansky, L’età degli Stuart. L’Inghilterra dal 1603 al 1714, Il Mulino, 1999, capitoli IX, X, XI.
- M. d’Amico, Dieci secoli di teatro inglese. 970-1980, Mondadori, 1981, pp. 173-230.
- R. W. Bevis, English Drama: Restoration and Eighteenth Century, 1660-1789, Longman, 1988, pp. 40-52.
- J. Harrington Smith and D. MacMillan, «Commentary to The Indian Queen», in The Works of John Dryden, vol. VIII, University of California Press, 1967, pp. 282-301.
- M. Giulietti, «Intrecci della Storia nel Lucius Junius Brutus di Nathaniel Lee», in Bruto il Maggiore nella letteratura francese e dintorni, Schena, 2002, pp. 89-107.
- J. Richetti, The English Novel in History 1700 – 1780, Routledge, 1999, pp. 1-17.
- I. Watt, The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding, Penguin, 1957, pp. 152-196.
Supplementary readings
- T. Harris, Restoration. Charles II and His Kingdoms 1660-1685, Penguin, 2006, pp. 43-84 e 136-205.
- J. Brewer, I piaceri dell’immaginazione. La cultura inglese nel Settecento, Carocci, 1999, pp. 35-80.
Textbooks (one of the following):
- A. Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Clarendon Press, 2004.
- R. Carter and J. McRae, The Routledge History of English Literature, Routledge, 2001.
Please be advised
Further details on required readings and general information on bibliographical material will be provided during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam

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