Anglophone literatures and cultures
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
Language of instruction
I SEMESTRE dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.
The course will provide students with an historical-theoretical introduction to postcolonial literature and studies and will concern a critical reading of novels and short stories from Australia, the Caribbean, and Africa. It will focus on the consequences of colonial invasion and dominance, and on the process of construction of new postcolonial identities by engaging with the issues of “diaspora”, “cultural heritage”, “nation”, “Orientalism”, “multiculturalism”, “creolization”.
“Colonialism and new postcolonial identities”
- KATE GRENVILLE, The Secret River (2005)
- JAMAICA KINCAID, A Small Place (1988)
- SAM SELVON, Ways of Sunlight (1957)
- BUCHI EMECHETA, Second-Class Citizen (1974)
- J. McLeod, Beginning Postcolonialism (ch. 1-2-3-6-7)
- M. Looker, Atlantic Passages. History, Community, and Language in the Fiction of Sam Selvon ("Introduction, pp. 1-20)
- A. Dowson, Mongrel Nation (ch 4. “Beyond Imperial Feminism. Buchi Emecheta’s London Novels and Black British Women’s Emancipation”)
- C. McLeod, “Constructing a Nation: Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place”, Small Axe, 12, 1, 2008, pp. 77-92
- S. Kossew, “Voicing the “Great Australian Silence”: Kate Grenville’s Narrative of Settlement in The Secret River”, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 42, 2, 2007, pp. 7-18
Oral assessment in English at the end of the course. Students will be tested on the contents of the novels and will be expected to critically discuss and analyze the main issues presented in the texts.