Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 27, 2021 al Jan 8, 2022.
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
Through the analysis of three literary texts the course will focus, with the aid of the critical instruments provided by postcolonial studies, on the consequences of invasion and imperial domination in colonized countries and people. It will investigate the process of construction/deconstruction/transformation of identity as a fluid and changing concept. The issues of belonging, uprooting, physical and mental colonization, point of view and re-writing of colonial history will also be tackled.
Lectures will be in English and in-presence.
Students will have to register for the webclass on the e-Learning platform, and check it regularly.
The syllabus will be valid until the exam session of Winter 2024.
A) Primary texts:
- Kate Grenville, The Secret River (2005)
- Sia Figiel, Where We Once Belonged (1999)
- Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place (1988)
B) Critical readings (compulsory):
- 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
- D. Herrero, Crossing The Secret River: From Victim to Perpetrator, or the Silent/Dark Side of the Australian Settlement, Atlantis, 2014, vol:36, pp. 87 -105
-A. Henderson, The I and the We: Individuality, Collectivity, and Samoan Artistic Responses to Cultural Change, The Contemporary Pacific, 2016, vol. 28, 2, pp. 316-345.
- C. McLeod, “Constructing a Nation: Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place”, Small Axe, 12, 1, 2008, pp. 77-92
- S. Gauch, A Small Place: Some Perspectives on the Ordinary, Callaloo, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Summer, 2002), pp. 910-919
C) Handbook (compulsory):
-John McLeod, Beginning Postcolonialism, Manchester University Press (pref. 2^ edizione) [chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]
Students will have to be able to discuss the primary and secondary texts listed in the bibliography, notes from the course, and any material provided in class (including powerpoint presentations). The exam will test the ability to articulate effectively the information and critical assessments concerning texts and topics discussed in class.