Anglophone literatures and cultures (2019/2020)

Course code
4S002911
Name of lecturer
Susanna Zinato
Coordinator
Susanna Zinato
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
Language of instruction
English
Location
VERONA
Period
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is meant to introduce students to postcolonial literature in English by reading and analysing representative critical works and literary texts. Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- read postcolonial literary texts closely, with focused attention to language, content, and form, and analyze the relationship between literary texts and the particular historical, social, and cultural contexts that produced them;
- demonstrate independent critical thinking in their analysis of literary texts
- demonstrate an ability to structure ideas and arguments in a logical, sustained, and persuasive way, and to support them with precise and relevant examples.

Syllabus

The 'heart' of the Empire interrogated by its subversive marginalities

After some classes devoted to introducing postcolonial anglophone literature, the students will be engaged in tackling the theme of the interrogation/contestation of the authority and alleged 'purity' of the imperial centre, entailing the problematization of the concepts of Enlgishness, belonging, identity. This will be done through a study of texts, set in postcolonial London, by the New Zealand author Janet Frame and by the black British fiction/screen-writer Hanif Kureishi.

A) TEXTS
-Janet Frame, The Edge of the Alphabet (1962)
-Hanif Kureishi, My Beautiful Launderette and "The Rainbow Sign" (1986)
-My Beautiful Launderette, film (1985) directed by Stephen Frears
-Hanif Kureishi, "We're not Jews", "My son the fanatic",from Love in a Blue Time (1997, Faber and Faber)

B) CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
-J. Mc Leod, Beginning Postcolonialism, Manchester UP, 2000, chapters 1 e 7.
- J.Mc Leod, Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis, Routledge, 2004: chapter 2 "London, England" pp.81-92.
-K.C. Kaleta, Hanif Kureishi, Postcolonial Storyteller, University of Texas Press, 1998, pp.39-61

NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO INTEGRATE THE BIBLIOGRAPHY ABOVE WITH THE FOLLOWING:
-J. C. Ball, Imagining London: Postcolonial Fiction and the Transnational Metropolis, University of Toronto Press, 2006, pp-3-25.
-G. Mercer, Janet Frame: Subversive Fictions, University of Otago Press, 1994 :chapter entitled "The Edge of the Alphabet"
-B. Buchanan, Hanif Kureishi, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007: Part I (Introduction)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
J. Mc Leod Beginning Postcolonialism Manchester UP 2000 chapters 1, 7
B. Buchanan Hanif Kureishi Palgrave Macmillan 2007 Part I (Introduction)
K. C. Kaleta Hanif Kureishi. Postcolonial Storyteller University of Texas Press 1998 pp.39-61
J.C. Ball Imagining London: Postcolonial Fiction and the Transnational Metropolis University of Toronto Press 2006 Chapter 1, pp. 3-25
Gina Mercer Janet Frame: Subversive Fictions University of Otago Press 1994 Chapter "The Edge of the Alphabet"
Hanif Kureishi Love in a Blue Time Faber and Faber 1997 Le due short stories "We're not Jews" e "My son the fanatic"
Hanif Kureishi My Beautiful Launderette and The Rainbow Sign (1986)  
J. Mc Leod Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis Routledge 2004 Chaper 2 ("London, England"): pp.81-92
Janet Frame The Edge of the Alphabet (1962)   edizione integrale/unabridged

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be oral, in English and will deal with the topics discussed in the course and its scheduled texts (parts A+B).
Students must have their own primary texts (A) when they sit for the exam.
Students must also have passed English Language 1 and English Literature 1 .