English literature 2 (2018/2019)

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Carla Sassi
Carla Sassi
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The course is taught in English and aims at providing students with an introduction to British literature between the Restoration period to the Romantic age, with a focus on a number of selected texts. The course also aims at providing a basic knowledge of the main critical approaches and of the main features of literary genres.
The main aim of the course is that of providing students with a good level of knowledge of the period of literary history in object (in terms of historical context, texts, genres, movements, authors) and to develop their critical skills, in terms of ability to read critically, to discuss literary topics in English, to place literary texts in a specific historical-cultural context.

At the end of the course students will be able to:
- read critically the set texts and place them in their respective historical-cultural contexts
- discuss literary topics in a structured and informed way
- discuss literary topics in English in a clear and consistent way


"The Gothic and literary doubles in British Romanticism"

Starting from a reading of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg and of selection of other British literary texts, the course will explore the romantic literary imagination, with a special focus on the Gothic and the theme of the double.

The course will be taught in English.

Students are required to check throughout the course materials and information uploaded on E-learning UNIVR

The programme is valid until February 2021.

Set Books
Fred Botting, The Gothic, Routledge
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Oxford University Press
"The Gothic" in The Norton Anthology of English Literature https://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/romantic/topic_2/welcome.htm

Andrew Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Oxford University Press

Students who are unable to attend classes will have to replace the study of notes with the study of the following texts:
"The Romantic Period" in The Norton Anthology of English Literature https://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/romantic/welcome.htm
Da The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg:
- Introduction: Hogg and his Worlds - Ian Duncan
- 14. Hogg and the Novel - Graham Tulloch
- 15. Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner: Approaches - Penny Fielding

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Fred Botting The Gothic Routledge  
James Hogg The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner Oxford University Press  

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam in English, which will assess:
- a knowledge of primary and secondary texts
- the ability to articulate effectively the information and critical assessments concerning texts and topics discussed in class

Students attending the course will be given the possibility to take a written test (multiple choice) at the end of the course, counting as a part of the whole exam. For further information see the first powerpoint presentation in the webclass.