English literature 2 (2016/2017)

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Yvonne Bezrucka
Yvonne Bezrucka
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I SEMESTRE dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

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“Northern Elements in 18th and Early 19th-c. Literature”
Il corso “Northern Elements in 18th and Early 19th-c.
The course “Northern Elements in 18th- and Early 19th-century Literature” will show how literature, and the novel, in particular, make use of Northern and Saxon-gothic elements. Through this filter, we will analyze how the aesthetic, cultural, economic, and philosophical changes of this sophisticated age, rich in dramatic, historical events, will permeate the literary field.
The course is in English.
The course is in English.

Literature” propone un’analisi di testi, attori e contesti della letteratura e della cultura inglese del Settecento con particolare riguardo al loro sostrato estetico-ideologico e metterà in luce l’utilizzo degli elementi estetici ‘nordici’ in letteratura e in modo puntuale nel genere romanzesco.
Il corso viene impartito in lingua inglese


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 pertaining authors.

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.

My texts are gold open-access @ researchgate.bezrucka

Students will have to read:

- Y. Bezrucka, Genio e immaginazione nel Settecento inglese, Università di Verona, 2002
- Y. Bezrucka, “L’invenzione del paesaggio nordico tra Settecento e Ottocento”, in Il paesaggio romantico, Fiorini, Verona , 2012, pp. 41-67.
-Y. Bezrucka, Beehive-Images, and Politics in Bernard De Mandeville’s 'The Fable of the Bees': Empiricism vs. Innatism; Cardozo Law Bulletin, 2016.

- 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 Nineteenth-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, Introd., ch. 2,4,5.

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