English literature 1 LM. Forms, genres, and critical approaches (2020/2021)

Course code
4S002940
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 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is held in English and aims at providing students with advanced notions of English Literature, especially in relation to forms, genres and critical approaches. It also aims to develop an autonomous and original critical approach to literary texts.

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to: -
read and interpret literary texts by structuring ideas and concepts with argumentative skill and expressive mastery;
- critically comment on the texts in such a way as to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical debate surrounding them;
- develop critical and autonomous thinking by personally elaborating on debated issues.

Syllabus

DIS-FIGURING, RE-FIGURING CHARACTERIZATION: FROM JACOB TO MURPHY

This module will deal with the textual analysis of the highly experimental formal choices employed for characterization by Virginia Wollf and Samuel Beckett, and on the study of the poetic-philosophical reasons behind them. Therefore, the focus will be on the art of fiction and its character 're-figurations' in passing from the high modernist aesthetics (with additional exemplifications from Joyce and Mansfield) to its most radical late-modernist 'dis-figuring', that paves the way to the postmodern novel writing.

PRIMARY SOURCES:
-V. WOOLF, "Jacob's Room" (1922)
-J. JOYCE, from "Ulysses" 1922), ch.13 ("Nausicaa")
-K. MANSFIELD, "Bliss" (1918)
-S. BECKETT, "Murphy" (1938)

CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
- U. MARGOLIN, "Character" (ch.5, pp.66-79) ) in D. HERMAN (ed.), "The Cambridge Companion to Narrative" (2007)
-K. WALL, "Significant Form in Jacob's Room: Ekphrasis and Elegy", articolo in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Fall 2002, 44, 3 [ scaricabile da banca dati Lion, in bilbioteca Frinzi]
-J. ACHESON, "Murphy's Metaphysics" in ID, "Samuel Beckett's Artistic Theory and Practice" (1997), ch.3, pp.41-58 [reperibile in bilbioteca Frinzi]

SUPPLEMENTARY (OBLIGATORY) CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
-J.WALLACE, "Modernists on the art of fiction", in "The Cambridge Companion to the Modernist Novel" ed. by M. Shiach, 2007, pp.15-31
- L. PEACH, "Virginia Woolf" (2000), ch.4, pp.67-87 [reperibile in bilbioteca Frinzi]
- J. PILLING, "Beckett's English Fiction" (ch.2) in ID (ed.) "The Cambridge Companion to Beckett" (1994) [reperibile in biblioteca Frinzi]
Reading suggestions on focalization and discourse technique (that will be dealt with in class) will be posted on moodle

All the above-listed texts are to be found at Frinzi Library.
N.B.: students are recommended to buy paperback unabridged editions of the primary sources.

Optional :
-MCLEOD, "The visual arts", ch. 8 (94-216) in M. Levenson (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Modernism (2011)

Further bibliographical suggestions and detailed information concerning the availability of the above-scheduled bibliography will be given at the beginning of the course and posted on moodle.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Virginia Woolf "Jacob's Room" (1922) Marsilio, testo a fronte (edizione consigliata) 1994
Samuel Beckett "Murphy" (1938)  

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be oral: a conversation in English aimed at testing both the students' acquisition of the contents of the course, the scheduled texts (A) and accompanying critical bibliography (B), and their argumentative ability.