English literature and culture 1 [Cognomi P-Z] (2018/2019)

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Yvonne Bezrucka
Yvonne Bezrucka
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The course, held in English, aims at introducing students to relevant aspects of English literature, from the Pre-Romantic to the Contemporary period, via the reading of a selection of canonical texts. Primary notions about possible methodological approaches for the analysis of literary texts and genres will be imparted. Furthermore, the course will provide a sound knowledge of the English literature of the period (historical context, texts, genres, literary movements and authors) and stimulate abilities and skills for the critical analysis of texts, their discussion and analysis, in consideration of their historical, cultural, and context specificities.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Analyse the literary texts of the syllabus discussing them in relation to their historical and cultural context;
- Discuss the texts using an appropriate critical approach demonstrating the knowledge of the literary conventions of their time;
- Express the acquired literary and critical knowledge demonstrating an adequate competence also in the English language.


Modernism, Postmodernism, Globalization Literature (This course is held in English)

Besides a synoptic analysis of the period which goes from the Victorian to the Contemporary age, the course offers an in-depth reading of some paradigmatic novels of their time. We will analyse their topics and their distinctive formal and stylistic features. Students will thus acquire interpretative tools which will encourage them to develop their own interpretations on the Victorian, Modernist, Postmodernist age, and on the topical Globalization-Literature, via the analysis of works which condense the history of ideas of their time.

Primary Bibliography:

Joseph Conrad (1895) Almayer’s Folly (Penguin: London).
Virginia Woolf (1941, 1985) Between the Acts (Granada: London).
Hanif Kureishi (1995) The Buddha of Suburbia, (London: Faber & Faber).

Secondary Texts:

A. Appadurai (1996) "Modernity at Large. The Cultural Dimensions of Globalization" (Minneapolis: Minnesota UP) 31-43.
Y. Bezrucka (2017) “Food for Dreams and an Appetite for Nations”, RSV, 44, 31-53.
Y. Bezrucka (1994) “Assenza, violenza, proliferazione dei sensi in 'Between the Acts' di Virginia Woolf", Quaderni di Lingue e Letterature, Università di Verona, 19, 97-107.
Y. Bezrucka (1995) “Il postmodernismo: l’accettazione ironica del doppio senso”, in Y. Bezrucka, Tra passato e futuro, (Trento: Autem) 85-108.
B. Buchanan (2007) Hanif Kureishi (Basingstoke: Palgrave) 12-57.
S. Gikandi, in L. Connell, N. Marsh (2011) (eds.) Literature and Globalization (London: Routledge) 109-120.
A. Loomba (2005, 1998) "Globalisation and the Future of Postcolonial Studies" in Colonialism/Postcolonialism (London: Routledge) 213-28.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Joseph Conrad Almayer's Folly Penguin 1895 Any edition, kindle as well.
Virginia Woolf Between the Acts Oxford World Classics 2008 9780199536573 (1st ed. 1941)
Hanif Kureishi The Buddha of Suburbia 1990

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will be asked and must be able to comment on the topics and the essays related to this course.