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.
"Representing diasporas in Anglophone literatures"
The course will focus on two texts narrating diasporic experiences from different cultural and temporal contexts —
Bernardine Evaristo's parodic representation of the Atlantic slave trade and Andrea Levy's account of the Windrush Generation at the end of the 1940s — and on the problematic representation of the im/migrant as 'Other', through the lens of postcolonial and diaspora studies.
The course will be in English and in-presence (in line with the current University's measures to reduce the risk of local transmission of COVID).
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.
John McLeod, Beginning Postcolonialism, Manchester University Press (pref. 2^ edizione) [cap. 1, 2, 3, 7]
Bernardine Evaristo, Blonde Roots, Penguin
Andrea Levy, Small Island, Tinder Press
C. Duboin, Contested Identities: Migration Stories and Liminal Selves in Adrea Levy's 'Small Island', Obsidian Literature in the African Diaspora, Vol. 12, No. 1 (2011), pp.14-33.
Bruce Woodcock, Small Island, Crossing Cultures, Wasafiri, 23, 2, 2008, pp. 50-55
Stuart Hall, “New Ethnicities”, in Writing Black Britain 1948–1990, ed. James Procter (Manchester University Press, 2000), 265–75
Other bibliographical indications will be provided in class.
Visualizza la bibliografia con Leganto, strumento che il Sistema Bibliotecario mette a disposizione per recuperare i testi in programma d'esame in modo semplice e innovativo.
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).