English Literature I [Tur] (2011/2012)

Course code
Susanna Zinato
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Modulo 1 3 II semestre - I PARTE Annalisa Pes
Modulo 2 3 II semestre - II PARTE Susanna Zinato

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims at offering a general introduction to the main concerns and theoretical issues of the discipline through the critical reading and analysis of representative texts of colonial and postcolonial English literature.


“Passages to and from the Empire”

Introductory lectures will be devoted to the literary and historical background of the Imperial and Postcolonial age. Later, by reading and elaborating on the texts students will be presented with the literary definition of English identity or “Englishness” and the rhetorical and ideological dynamics of its construction, codification, fragmentation and redefinition during the age of British imperialism and over the following years of its loss of power, of de-colonization and “reverse colonization”.
Non-attending students are required to follow the primary text and reference lists recommended to attending students and to complement it with the supplementary reference list

Testi primari
- E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (1924), si consiglia l’edizione Penguin
- Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956), si consiglia l’edizione Penguin con introduzione di Susheila Nasta
- Hanif Kureishi, My Beautiful Laundrette and The Rainbow Sign, Faber and Faber, 1986
N.B. La visione del film di S. Frears "My Beautiful Laundrette" costituirà parte integrante del corso
Testi secondari
- Kenneth C. Kaleta, "Films with Frears: My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammie and Rosie Get Laid" (pp.39-61) in Hanif Kureishi: Postcolonial Storyteller, University of Texas Press, 1998
- A. Dawson, Mongrel Nation, The University of Michigan Press, 2007 (i capitoli “Colonization in Reverse. An Introduction”, pp. 1-26; “In the Big City the Sex Life Gone Wild”. Migration, Gender and Identity in Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners”, pp. 27-48)
- D. Bradshaw (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to E.M. Forster, CUP, 2007 (cap. 12 “A Passage to India”, pp. 188-208)
Bibliografia supplettiva per studenti non frequentanti
- A. Marzola (a c. di) Englishness, Carocci, 1999 (Cap. 5 “Ricostruzioni. 1950-1970”, pp. 197-212; Cap. 6 “Il neoliberismo e le strategie del consenso. 1970-1990”, pp. 249-257; Cap. 7.4 “Multietnie e postcolonialismo”, pp. 308-316)
- S. Manferlotti, Dopo l’Impero. Romanzo ed etnia in Gran Bretagna, Liguori, 1995 (cap. 4 "Hanif Kureishi", pp. 143-159)
- M. Looker, Atlantic Passages, Peter Lang, 1996 (“Preface”, pp. ix-x; “Introduction”, pp. 1-20; “Inventing Black London: The Lonely Londoners”, pp. 59-80)
- I. Baucom, Out of Place, Princeton University Press, 1999 (il cap. “The Path from War to Friendship: E.M. Forster’s Mutiny Pilgrimage”, pp. 101-134)

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral and/or written exam