English literature and culture 1 [Cognomi F-O] (2019/2020)

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Sidia Fiorato
Sidia Fiorato
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I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

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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.



Students who attend the course: the course will be held in English through lectures and will also include parts for reflection and discussion on the part of the students upon the topics under consideration.
The critical references indicated in the programme will be available for the students. Slides related to the topics of the course and used during the lessons will be uploaded to Moodle and are part of the programme.

Students who do not attend the course: the programme remains the one indicated on the webpage. They can access Moodle and the uploaded slides which are part of the programme.

All students can ask for further references or about the topics of the course during the receiving hours (as indicated on the webpage)

A) Primary Texts (any edition, but NOT abridged)

C. Dickens, Great Expectations
B. Stoker, Dracula
A. Carter, The Bloody Chamber (una selezione dei racconti)

B) CRITICAL TEXTS (compulsory)

D. Carpi, “A Biojuridical Reading of Dracula”, in Polemos, 6.2 (2012), 169-182
Matthew C. Brennan, “The Novel as Nightmare: Decentering of the Self in Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 7.4 (28), 1996, 48-59
Judith Weissman, Steven Cohan, "Dickens' "Great Expectations": Pip's Arrested Development", American Imago, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring, 1981), pp. 105-126

The section of the critical texts will be integrated at the beginning of the course

C) History of Literature
- A. Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2003 (from ch 6 to ch 10 included)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
D. Carpi “A Biojuridical reading of Dracula”, Polemos, 6.2 (2012), 169-182 2012
Judith Weissman, Steven Cohan "Dickens' "Great Expectations": Pip's Arrested Development", American Imago, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring, 1981), pp. 105-126 1981
BRAM STOKER Dracula 1897
Charles Dickens Great Expectations 1860
Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber 1979
Matthew C. Brennan “The Novel as Nightmare: Decentering of the Self in Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 7.4 (28), 1996, 48-59 1996
Andrew Sanders The Short Oxford History of English Literature Oxford, Oxford University Press 1994

Assessment methods and criteria

The lessons will be in English. The exam will be an oral discussion in English on the topic of the course and the texts in the program (parts A,B,C).
In particular:
- the ability to discuss topics (literary trends, authors, genres) within the history of English literature
- the ability to present a critical argumentation on topics related to the texts of the syllabus (making examples from scenes and passages)
- the ability to make connections between the topics of the course, on the basis of the critical texts indicated in the programme

Students unable to attend lectures are required to get in touch before preparing for the exam. The programme and the modalities of assessment do not vary for Erasmus students
All students, possibly also the students who will not be able to attend the course regularly, are kindly invited to attend the first class of the course, when the programme will be illustrated in detail.