Anglophone literatures and cultures (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Carla Sassi
Carla Sassi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide students with: - a basic knowledge of the history of the British Empire - a basic knowledge of postcolonial theories At the end of the course students will be able to: - discuss the selected literary texts through the critical theories introduced in the course - discuss in English, in a clear and consistent way, the topics dealt with in the course


"Modern diasporas and the representations of immigrants in Anglophone literatures"
The course will explore, through the analysis of three literary texts focusing on different cultural and historical contexts (the Atlantic slave trade, Pakistan/US in the aftermath of 9/11, the opium trade in imperial India), and through the lens of postcolonial and diaspora studies theories, the problems related to the representation of the “Other” as im/migrant.
The course will be online and taught in the English language.
Students will have to register with the e-learning website (Moodle) and download class materials on a regular basis.
This syllabus will be valid for two years (until January/February 2023)

Set books:
John MacLeod, Beginning Postcolonialism, Manchester University Press (pref, 2nd edition)
Carryl Philips, Cambridge (any edition – paperback rather than kindle is highly recommended)
Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (any edition – paperback rather than kindle is highly recommended)
Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies (any edition – paperback rather than kindle is highly recommended)

Students who are unable to attend classes ("non frequentanti") will have to replace the study of notes and class materials with the study of the following texts:
Kevin Kenny, Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press (any edition)
Ania Loomba, Colonialism Postcolonialism, Routledge (any edition)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
J. Mc Leod Beginning Postcolonialism Manchester UP 2000
Caryl Phillips Cambridge Bloomsbury 1992
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies  
Mohsin Hamid The Reluctant Fundamentalist  

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.