English Literature I [CInt pari] (2008/2009)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Sidia Fiorato
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II semestre dal Mar 2, 2009 al May 30, 2009.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims at analyzing how English literary tradition is re-read in the Twentieth Century through primary texts and criticism by representative authors.


Rereadings of English literary tradition in the Twentieth-Century

Syllabus: The course aims at analyzing the characteristics of the Victorian novel, their transformation and re-reading in Modernism and Postmodernism, with specific attention to the works by Charles Dickens and Peter Ackroyd.


Primary Texts (to be read in English, in any edition):
C. Dickens, Little Dorrit.
P. Ackroyd, The Great Fire of London.

Critical Texts (the parts indicated)
- F. Marucci, Il Vittorianesimo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1991(Introduzione; Premesse a tutte le parti; capp. II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XVII).
- G. Cianci, a cura di, Modernismo/Modernismi, Milano, Principato, 1991 (pp. 290-358; 372-377)
- T.S. Eliot, “Tradizione e talento individuale”, in Il Bosco Sacro,
- H. Bloom, L’angoscia dell’influenza, Milano, Feltrinelli, 1983. (Introduzione)
- D. Carpi, L’ansia della scrittura. Parola e silenzio nella narrativa inglese contemporanea, Napoli, Liguori, 1995. (Introduzione)

Manuals: As regards the literary and cultural context spanning from the Victorian to contemporary age, students are free to choose among the following handbooks:
- D. Daiches, Storia della Letteratura Inglese, Milano, Garzanti, 1999.
- D. Daiches, A Critical History of English Literature, London, Secker & Warburg, 1960.
- P. Bertinetti, a cura di, Storia della Letteratura Inglese, Torino, Einaudi, 2000.
- A. Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2004
- R. Carter & J. McRae, The Routledge History of English Literature, Routledge, 2001

Primary texts are to be read in English.
Students unable to attend lectures are required to get in touch with the teachers before preparing for the exam.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam