English Literature II (2014/2015)

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

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The module aims at making students familiar with authors and genre modes representative of the English literature and culture of the period scheduled for the second-year course and at fostering their critical approach to the texts chosen for analusis and their contexts.

The course will be taught in English.


The Gothic in Fiction

The aim of this course is to make the students familiar with the essential features of the gothic genre, theoretically and diachronically approached in its main inflections within British fiction, and studied through an in-depth analysis of some of its canonical texts.

Primary sources -
-BURKE, E., A Philosophical Analysis into Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful (cf.Oxford Anthology, Vol.1, Kermode&Hollander eds., pp.2144-2153.
-SHELLEY, M., Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus (1818)
-Hogg, J., The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
-BRONTË, C., Jane Eyre (1847)

N.B.: students are requested to take primary texts with them when they come to sit for the exam

Secondary sources
FREUD, S., "Il Perturbante"/”The Uncanny” (1919)
-MELLOR, A.K., "Making a 'monster': an introduction to FRANKENSTEIN", in The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley, ed. by E. Schor, 2003, ch.1 (9-25).
-BOUMELHA, P., "JANE EYRE", in Jane Eyre, ed. by H. Glen, 1997, ch.6 (130-146).
-REDEKOP, M., "Beyond Closure: Buried Alive with Hogg's JUSTIFIED SINNER", English Literary History, vol.52, pp.159-184.

(A plaquette containing the critical bibliography above will be made available)

Additional and compulsory secondary sources for non-attending students:
-HOGLE, J.E., (ed.),The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction (2002): Introduction (by Hogle) + chapter 1, “The Genesis of Gothic Fiction” (by Clery, E.J.)
-SERTOLI, G. e MIGLIETTA,G., (a cura di ), Inchiesta sul bello e sul sublime (1998)
- MALCHOW, H.L., "Frankenstein's monster' in Gothic Images of Race in Nineteenth-Century Britain, 1996, ch.1 pp.17-40.
- MARRONI, F., Come leggere Jane Eyre, Solfanelli, (2014), capitolo II.

Handbook of literary history to be used for general reference: A. SANDERS, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2004.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral assessment