Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 27, 2021 al Jan 8, 2022.
The course, held in English, aims at introducing students to relevant aspects of English literature, from the Pre-Romantic to the contemporary period, through the reading of a selection of canonical texts. Primary notions about possible methodological approaches for the analysis of literary texts and genres will be imparted. Furthermore, the course will provide a sound knowledge of the English literature of the period (historical context, texts, genres, literary movements and authors) and stimulate abilities and skills for the critical analysis of texts, their discussion and analysis, in consideration of their historical, cultural, and context specificities. At the end of the course, students will be able to: - Analyse the literary texts of the syllabus discussing them in relation to their historical and cultural context; - Discuss the texts using an appropriate critical approach demonstrating the knowledge of the literary conventions of their time; - Express the acquired literary and critical knowledge demonstrating an adequate competence also in the English language.
The course presents the development of the English novel from the Victorian period to Postmodernism. Its interdisciplinary perspective will focus on legal, economic, literary issues; specific attention will be devoted to the articulation of individual identity in the cultural contexts under consideration.
Students who attend the course: the course will be held in English through lectures and will also include parts for reflection and discussion on the part of the students upon the topics under consideration.
The critical references indicated in the programme will be available for the students. Slides related to the topics of the course and used during the lessons will be uploaded to Moodle and are part of the programme.
Students who do not attend the course: the programme remains the one indicated on the webpage. They can access Moodle and the uploaded slides which are part of the programme.
All students can ask for further references or about the topics of the course during the receiving hours (as indicated on the webpage)
Part I (Prof. Fiorato, 18 hours)
A) Primary texts
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
- R.L. Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde
B) Critical Texts
-Alan Rauch, “The Monstrous Body of Knowledge in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein”, Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Summer, 1995), pp. 227-253
-Carolina Sánchez-Palencia Carazo and Manuel Almagro Jiménez “Gathering the Limbs of the Text in Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl”, Atlantis, Vol. 28, No. 1 (June 2006), pp. 115-129
- Daniel Cottom, "Frankenstein and the Monster of Representation", SubStance , 1980, Vol. 9, No. 3, Issue 28 (1980), pp. 60-71
- Stephen D. Arata, "The Sedulous Ape: Atavism, Professionalism, and Stevenson's "Jekyll and Hyde"", Criticism , Spring, 1995, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Spring, 1995), pp. 233-259
Part 2 (Dr. Stelzer, 18 hours)
A) Primary text (to be read in English, in a non-abridged edition)
- Bram Stoker, Dracula (recommended edition: Oxford World’s Classics, ed. by Roger Luckhurst 2011)
B) Compulsory critical texts:
- Stephen D. Arata, “The Occidental Tourist: Dracula and the Anxiety of Reverse Colonization”, Victorian Studies, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Summer, 1990), pp. 621-45
- William Hughes, “The Taming of the New: Race, Biological Destiny and Assertive Womanhood”. In William Hughes, Beyond Dracula: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism, Houndmills: Macmilllan (2000) pp. 97-138.
- David Seed, “The Narrative Method of Dracula”, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 40, No. 1 (1985), pp. 61-75.
C) History of Literature
- A. Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2003 dal cap. 6 al cap. 10 included
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The lessons will be in English. The exam will be an oral discussion in English on the topic of the course and the texts in the program (parts A,B,C).
- the ability to discuss topics (literary trends, authors, genres) within the history of English literature
- the ability to present a critical argumentation on topics related to the texts of the syllabus (making examples from scenes and passages)
- the ability to make connections between the topics of the course, on the basis of the critical texts indicated in the programme