English literature 2 (2017/2018)

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Yvonne Bezrucka
Yvonne Bezrucka
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Semester 1 dal Oct 2, 2017 al Jan 20, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The course “Magic Creatures and the Design Theory: Northern vs. Southern Aesthetics in the Long, Enlightened, Romanticism” aims at focusing its attention on the revolution that Empiricism, and its result, the Enlightenment, initiated in the United Kingdom and its various consequences: aesthetic, literary, political and societal at large. We will examine how Empiricism – and its philosophy (Bacon, Locke, Mandeville, Hume) – paradoxically, initiated the revolutionary revolt of the imagination against innatism. The paradigmatic opposition will be developed through exemplary literary texts, which exemplify the dramatic changes that will be introduced by the Long Enlightened Romanticism.

The course is 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 pertaining authors.

Y. Bezrucka, A Synopsis of English Literature, Quiedit, Verona, 2015

2. LITERARY WORKS to be studied:

- Dryden, King Arthur, or the British Worthy, online
- Joseph Addison, The Pleasures of the Imagination, online
- William Blake, The New Jerusalem, online
- H. Walpole, The Castle of Otranto, Penguin or Oxford edition.
- P.B. Shelley, Queen Mab, Norton


Quasi tutti i miei testi sono disponibili in modalità 'gold open access' e scaricabili da academia.edu: https://uinvr.academia.edu/YvonneBezrucka

Y. Bezrucka (2017, 4rd ed.) A Synopsis of English Literature (Verona: QuiEdit).
Y. Bezrucka (2017) The Invention of Northern Aesthetics in 18th-Century English Literature (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
Y. Bezrucka, Genio e immaginazione (2002) Valdonega, Università di Verona, pagine specificate
- Y. Bezrucka, Beehive-Images, and Politics in Bernard De Mandeville’s 'The Fable of the Bees': Empiricism vs. Innatism; Cardozo Law Bulletin, 2016.

S. Copley, J. Whale (eds.) (1992) Beyond Romanticism: New Approaches to Texts and Contexts 1780-1832 (London: Routledge), pp. 1-31, 79-89.
D. Duff (2010) Romanticism and the Uses of Genre (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Yvonne Bezrucka Genio ed immaginazione nel Settecento inglese (Edizione 1) Università di Verona 2002 9788885033689
John Dryden King Arthur or The British Worthy 1691
P.B. Shelley "Queen Mab" in 'Shelley's Poetry and Prose' (Edizione 1) Norton Critical Edition 1977
Y. Bezrucka The Invention of Northern Aesthetics in 18th-Century English Literature (Edizione 1) Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017 ISBN 978-1-5275-0302-1

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