Literature of English-speaking Countries [1^ LINGUA] (2014/2015)

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Susanna Zinato
Susanna Zinato
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2014 al Jan 10, 2015.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course is addressed to second-year students of LLS and aims at offering a general introduction to the main themes and theoretical questions pertaining to the discipline through a critical and close reading of texts drawn from colonial and postcolonial literature and deemed to be particularly representative of the topics duscussed during classes.

The course will be taught in English.


Colonial and Postcolonial Gothic_ After introducing the main, historical and theoretical, assumptions of the discipline, the course will explore the ways in which the gothic has been used to give narrative voice to the anxieties and horror of the colonial and postcolonial experience. This will be done through an in-depth analysis of representative texts and in such a way as to have the students synergically interact with the didactic work they will be involved in for the course of English Literature II.

Primary sources
-KIPLING, R., “The Man who would be King” (1888) , racconto
-CONRAD, J., Heart of Darkness (1902)
-RHYS, J., Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)
-COTZEE, J.M., Waiting for the Barbarians (1980)

Secondary sources
-WATT, J., “Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and the Critics” (Ch.4), in ID, Essays on Conrad (2000)
-PLASA, C., “Qui è là?: Race and the Politics of of Fantasy” (ch. 4) in, ID, Textual Politics, Macmillan, 2000.
-HEAD, D., J.M. Coetzee, Cambridge UP, 1997, capitolo su Waiting for the Barbarians.

Bibliografia suppletiva obbligatoria per i non-frequentanti/additional and compulsory creatical readings for non-attending students:
-BOEHMER, E., Colonial and Postcolonial Literature. Migrant Metaphors (Introduzione, chs. 1,2,5)
-MOORE, J.M., Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: a casebook, 2004, chs. “Victorians and the Africans” (by P. Brantlinger),+ “Heart of Darkness Revisited: the African Response” (by R. Zhuwarara);
-Mc LEOD, J., “Re-reading and re-writing English Literature”, ch.V (on "Wide Sargasso Sea"), in Beginning Postcolonialism,Manchester UP, 2000

Assessment methods and criteria

oral and/or written assessment