New literatures in English (2010/2011)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S02865
Name of lecturer
Susanna Zinato
Coordinator
Susanna Zinato
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
II semestre dal Feb 21, 2011 al May 28, 2011.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims at making the student familiar with the main themes and theoretical issues characterizing colonial and postcolonial literatures in English. This is done through an in-depth analysis of representative texts that are studied in their textual dynamics through a wide diacronic view but with a special care for their specific contexts.

Syllabus

Cambiare le regole o cambiare il gioco?Intertestualità, canone e narrativa postcoloniale
Di seguito a un segmento di lezioni introduttive alla disciplina, il modulo intende guidare gli studenti lungo un percorso di studio, diacronico e comparativo, delle dinamiche intertestuali di tre romanzi, tratti dalle aree caraibica e sudafricana,- Wide Sargasso Sea, Water with Berries, Foe - particolarmente rappresentativi quanto al processo postcoloniale di interrogazione della politica testuale dell’Impero e di problematizzazione del concetto di canonicità.
SYLLABUS
Changing the Rules or Changing the Game? Intertextuality, the Canon, and Post-colonial Fiction
After introducing the discipline, this module aims at guiding the students through a diacronic and comparative study of the intertextual dynamics famously exploited by three novels drawn from the Caribbean and South-African areas – Wide Sargasso Sea, Water with Berries, Foe - that are particularly representative as to the quintessentially postcolonial interrogation of the Empire’s textual policy and more broadly, of canon formation.

BIBLIOGRAFIA
Testi primari
- J.Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)
- G. Lamming, Water with Berries (1971)
- J.M. Coetzee, Foe (1986)


Testi secondari
- F. Fanon, “The Fact of Blackness”, in L. Beck and J. Solomos (eds.), Theories of Race and Racism. A Reader, Routledge, 2000,
- M. Frickey (ed.), Critical Perspectives on Jean Rhys, Three Continent Press, 1990:
M. Thorpe, “The Other Side: Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre”, 178-185;
J. Hearne, “The Wide Sargasso Sea: A West Indian Reflection”, 186-193;
K. Ramchand, “Wide Sargasso Sea”, 194-205

- P. Hulme, “The locked heart: the creole family romance of Wide Sargasso Sea”, in F. Barker, P.Hulme, M. Iversen (eds.), Colonial Discourse/Postcolonial Theory, Manchester U.P., 1994, pp.72-88
- G. Lamming, “A Monster, a Child, a Slave” in The Pleasures of Exile, The University of Michigan Press, 1986/2004,pp.95-117

- M.A. Skura, “Discourse and the Individual: the case of Colonialism in The Tempest”, Shakespeare Quarterly, 40 (1),, Spring 1989: 42-57

- R. Nixon, “Caribbean and African Appropriations of The Tempest”, Critical Enquiry, 13, Spring 1987:557-73

- S. Nair, Caliban’s Curse. George Lamming and the Revising of History, The University of Michigan Press, 1996, pp.55-76

- P. Hulme, “Robinson Crusoe and Friday”, in Colonial Encounters, Methuen, 1986, pp.184-189, 200-208

- D. Attridge, “The Silence of the Canon”, in J.M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading, The University of Chicago Press, 2004, ch.3 (pp.65-90)

Manuali
Il manuale di riferimento è:
B. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin (eds.), The Empires Writes Back. Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures, Routledge, 1989, specificamente: “Introduction” (1-13); chapter 2 “Re-placing language: textual strategies in post-colonial writing” (38-59); chapter 5 pp.181-194.

Altri sussidi bibliografici di riferimento generale (facoltativi):
B. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin (eds.), Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies, Routledge, 1998
E. Benson, L.W. Connolly (eds.), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Post-colonial Literatures in English, 2005



Bibliografia suppletiva per gli studenti non frequentanti
- A. Loomba, “Situating Colonial and Postcolonial Studies”, in Colonialism/Postcolonialism, Routledge, 1998, pp.1-94
- S. Pouchet Paquet, “Foreword” (vi-xxvi), in G. Lamming, The Pleasures of Exile (vedi sopra)
- E. Savory, Jean Rhys, Cambridge U.P., 1998, chapter 6 (113-151)
- S. Van Zanten Gallagher, “Waiting for the Other: Foe” in A Story of South Africa. J.M. Coetzee’s Fiction in Context, Harvard U.P., 1991
o, in alternativa,
D. Head, “The Maze of Doubting: Foe”, in J.M. Cotzee,Cambridge U.P., 1997, pp.112-28

Informazioni relative al materiale bibliografico e al suo reperimento saranno fornite all’inizio del corso.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment at the end of the course through oral examination.