English literature 2 LM. Critical methodologies and textual interpretation (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

English literature 2 LM. Critical methodologies and textual interpretation

This course is held in English and aims at providing Students with advanced notions of English Literature concerning the critical methodologies used by the various critical schools to interpret the literary text. The course will foster Students to develop an autonomous and original critical stance.

Educational objectives are the development of:

- the capacity to read and interpret literary texts demonstrating coherence in the expressive and argumentative structure of one's ideas and concepts;
- the capacity to comment on the chosen texts so as to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and critical debate these have generated,
- the autonomous capacity of personal critical thinking, by providing a personal and original elaboration of the themes under discussion.


Literature and the History of Critical Ideas.

This course will offer a synoptic but comprehensive analysis of the various schools of literary criticism and their governing ideas from the second half of the 19th century onwards. Special attention will be devoted to the epistemic filters of Aesthetics, Visual Arts, and Visual Culture in general. Works under analysis will be:
Primary Bibliography

V. Woolf (1925) To the Lighthouse, Cambridge, Oxford, or Penguin ed.
J. Joyce (1916) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Cambridge, Oxford, or Penguin ed.
W. Hogarth (1743-45) Marriage À-la-Mode, Wikipedia.

Secondary Bibliography

J. Berger (1972) Ways of Seeing (London: Penguin).
Y. Bezrucka (1993) “L’estetica di To the Lighthouse: la tentazione della bellezza astratta e il rifiuto delle ‘strane indicazioni’”, Quaderni del Dipartimento di LLSM, Università di Genova, 7, 291-316.
Y. Bezrucka (2010) “Regimi scopici e tassonomie visuali: da Virginia Woolf a Italo Calvino”, in C. Battisti (ed.) L’immagine e la parola (Ombre Corte: Verona) 92-104.
D. Croci (2016) “Cultura per parole e immagini: il graphic novel” in N. Vallorani (2016) ‘Introduzione ai Cultural Studies. UK, USA, e paesi anglofoni’(Roma: Carocci) 11-21, 125-38.
V.B. Leitch (ed.) (2001) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (Norton: New York, London).
A. Loomba (1998) Colonialism/Postcolonialism (London: Routledge) 213-28.
L. Mulvey (1973), “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, Screen, 16, 13, 6-18.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man   Cambridge, Oxford, or Penguin edition
Nicoletta Vallorati (ed) Introduzione ai Cultural Studies. UK, USA e paesi anglofoni Carocci 2016 9788843084807
Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse   Cambridge, Oxford, or Penguin edition
John Berger Ways of Seeing Penguin 1972 9780140135152

Assessment methods and criteria

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