The course “THE ENLIGHTENMENT” will show how literature, and the novel in particular, deals with the new scientific rather than theological understanding of the world. Identities and their related ethnic and social issues, will become more relevant. Through this filter we will analyse how the aesthetic, cultural, economic, philosophical and scientific changes of this complex age, rich in dramatic historical events, will permeate the literary field.
The course will be taught in English.
1. History of Literature from 1660 to 1830.
All Students must demonstrate to be able to illustrate the development of the various literary genres and to know the authors pertaining to them.
Y. Bezrucka, A Synopsis of English Literature, Quiedit, Verona, 2015.
2. LITERARY WORKS to be studied:
- A. Pope, Essay on Man, OUP or Penguin ed.
- A. Pope, The Rape of the Lock, OUP or Penguin ed.
- J. Swift, Gulliver's Travels, OUP or Penguin ed.
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, OUP or Penguin ed.
- Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, OUP or Penguin ed.
Students will have to read:
- Y. Bezrucka, Genio e immaginazione nel Settecento inglese, Università di Verona, download from researchgate.net
- Y. Bezrucka, “L’invenzione del paesaggio nordico tra Settecento e Ottocento”, in Il paesaggio romantico, W. Busch, A. Larcati , Fiorini, Verona , 2012, pp. 41-67.
- Susan Meyer, Imperialism at Home: Race and Victorian Women's Fiction, Cornell UP, Ithaca, NY, 1996, pp. 1-29, 96-125.
- Patrick Brantlinger, “The Gothic Origins of Science Fiction”, “Novel”, Vol. 14, No. 1, Autumn 1980, pp. 30-43.
- H.L. Malchow, “Frankenstein’s Monster and Images of Race in Nienteenth-Century Britain”, ‘Past & Present’, No. 139, May 1993, pp. 90-130.
- Angela Wright, “Gothic Fiction: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism”, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2007.
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