English Literature II [CInt A-L] (2011/2012)

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Name of lecturer
Yvonne Bezrucka
Yvonne Bezrucka
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I semestre dal Oct 3, 2011 al Jan 14, 2012.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course will analyse the cultural background and the literature of the 18th century in order to highlight the coexistance of rationality (the age of Enlightenment) and sensibility (the Pre-romantic age). Both these will contribute to a personal and unique subjective perception of the world which will culminate in the individualistic spirit characteristic of the pre-Romantic and Romantic period.


Course Title:
18th-century English Literature: The Modern Self

Choose 1 of these groups of three novels:

- Samuel Richardson, Pamela or Virtue Rewarded, Oxford, Cambridge, or Penguin
- Henry Fielding, An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews, Oxford, Cambridge, or Penguin
- Eliza Haywood, The Anti-Pamela; or Feign'd Innocence Detected, 1741

- Lawrence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, Oxford, Cambridge, or Penguin
- Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, Oxford, Cambridge, or Penguin
- Oliver Goldsmith, A Citizen of the World, Oxford, Cambridge, or Penguin

- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Oxford, Cambridge, or Penguin,
- Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, Oxford, Cambridge, or Penguin.
- William Godwin, Caleb Williams, Oxford, Cambridge, or Penguin

- Y. Bezrucka, Genio ed immaginazione nel Settecento inglese, Unversità di Verona, Valdonega 2002, II parte
- I. Watt, The Rise of the Novel, first three chapters
- E. MARKMAN, The Politics of Sensibility, CUP 1996, one ch. of choice, un cap. a scelta.
- J. RICHETTI, The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-century Novel, CUP, one ch. of choice, un cap. a scelta.
- Spacks, Patricia Meyer, Novel Beginnings: Experiments in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction, Yale UP, Yale 2006, pp. 127-253.
- Wahrman Dror, Making of the Modern Self: Identity and Culture in 18th-Cenuty England, Yale UP, 2004, one ch. of choice, un cap. a scelta

Manuali di riferimento per la storia della letteratura e il contesto storico-letterario, 1700-1810 sono:

- Norton Anthology of English Literature, Norton, New York, ult. ediz.
- Mario Praz, Storia della Letteratura inglese, Sansoni.

Si consigliano inoltre i seguenti ausili:
- J.C. Wells, Longman Pronouncing Dictionary, Harlow, Pearson, 2000;
- Collins Cobuilt, English Language Dictionary, Collins, 2001;
- F. Picchi, Grande dizionario Inglese/Italiano, Italiano/Inglese, Hoepli, 1999.

Impartito in lingua inglese

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