English literature 2 (2019/2020)

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Carla Sassi
Carla Sassi
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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 module, taught in English, is meant to guide the students through a critical approach to the English Literature of the period going from the Restoration to late Romanticism, especially in relation to a representative range of texts of the canon. Besides, it aims at getting the students familiar with fundamental tools necessary for text analysis and genre criticism. Its overall gaol is to provide the students with a good knowledge of the British literature of the set literary period (its historical context, its texts, genres, movements/authors) and of helping them develop skills for analysis, argumentation and exposition in English, in relation to various typologies of literary texts in their historical-cultural context.

At the end of the module, students will be able to:
-analyze the literary texts set in the syllabus in their historical-cultural contexts;
-argumentatively discuss them by taking into account literary conventions and by applying an informed critical approach that is aware of the literary nature of the text;
-demonstrate the acquired knowledge and skills, in English and in a clear and consistent way.


"Romantic Gothic"

The course will provide an introduction to British Romanticism, and will then focus on the reading and analysis of three Gothic texts: James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Emily Bronte’s, Wuthering Heights. Special attention will be devoted to female characters and writers.

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 2022.

Set Books
Fred Botting, The Gothic, Routledge (ultima edizione)
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Penguin)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstien (Penguin)
Emily Bronte, Withering Heights (Penguin)
"The Gothic" in The Norton Anthology of English Literature (section “Texts and Contexts”) (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: Ian Duncan, “Introduction: Hogg and his Worlds”
Aguirre, Manuel, Gothic Fiction and Folk-Narrative Structure: The Case of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Gothic Studies, Nov 2013, Vol.15(2), pp.1-18
Yukari Oda, Emily Brontë and the Gothic: Female Characters in Wuthering Heights
Revue LISA, 01 March 2010, pp.1-19

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818) Penguin Classics 1992
Fred Botting The Gothic Routledge  
James Hogg The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner Oxford University Press  
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights 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.