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 the students to English literature (from the Victorian to the contemporary period), with specific reference to a selection of canonical texts, and at presenting methodological approaches for the analysis of literary texts and genres. The course aims at providing a good knowledge of British literature (articulated in historical context, texts, genres, literary trends and authors) and the skills for a critical analysis and argumentation on different kinds of texts in their historical and cultural context. At the end of the course, students will be able to: - Analyse the literary texts of the programme in their historical and cultural context; - Apply an aware critical approach to literary texts and present an argumentation which shows knowledge of literary conventions; - Express the acquired literary and critical competence in English clearly and coherently.
THE SHORT-STORY GENRE, FROM JOYCE TO KUREISHI
A) PRIMARY SOURCES:* (in any edition; those signalled below are to be found in Frinzi Library)
-J. JOYCE :“The sisters”, “Eveline”, “A little cloud”, “Clay”, “A painful case” ("Dubiners", ed. by T. Brown, 1992)
-V- WOOLF, : “The mark on the wall”, “Kew Gardens”, " An unwritten novel” (cf. in Frinzi, V.Woolf, " A Hounted House: the Complete Short Fiction" ed. by S. Dick, Bloomsbury Classics, 2003)
-K. MANSFIELD: “Bliss”, “Miss Brill”, “The fly” (cf, in Frinzi, "The complete Stories of Katherine Mansfield", Avondale, 1978)
-J. FRAME: “The day of the sheep”, “The teacup”,“A relative of the famous”, “The terrible screaming” (cf., in Frinzi, the collections "The Lagoon and Other Stories", Bloomsbury Classics, 1991; "The Reservoir: Stories and Sketches", Braziller, 1963; "You are Now Entering the Human Heart", The Women's Press, 1984)
-H. KUREISHI: “We’re not Jews”, “My son the fanatic” (in "Love in a Blue Time", Faber and Faber, 1997);
*The short stories listed above (together with other, optional ones) may be read in any edition in English. In any case, they will be gathered together for the students' easy access to them. Details will be given at the beginning of the course.
B) CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
-S. Chatman, "Story and Fictiom. Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film", Cornell UP, 181-219
-G. LEONARD, "Dubliners", in D. ATTRIDGE, "The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce", Cambrideg UP, 2006
- -V. WOOLF: "Modern Fiction", "Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown " (in "Essays", uploaded on the moodle of the course)
-K. WHEELER, "Dramatic Art in Katherine Mansfield's 'Bliss'" (121-140), in K. Wheeler, "'Modernist' Women Writers and Narrative Art", Macmillan, 1994.
-S. ZINATO, "Screaming Silence: Language and Fear in Janet Frame's Short Fiction", 181-194 in A. Righetti (ed.), "Theory and Practice of the Short Story: Australia, New Zealand, The South Pacific", 2006
-H. KUREISHI, "The Rainbow Sign", in "My Beautiful Laundrette and The Rainbow Sign", Faber and Faber, 1986
OBLIGATORY INTEGRATION OF CRITICAL READINGS (B) FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
-C.E. MAY, "The New Shotrt Story Theory", Ohio UP, 1994 (sections by E.A. Poe, B.M. Ejxenbaum, M.L. Pratt, Chekov, J. Cortàzar, N. Gordimer, C.E. May on Chekhov)
-T. PRUDENTE, " 'To Slip Easily From One Thing to Another': Experimentalism and Perception in Woolf's Short Stories", Journal of the Short Stories in English 50 (Spring 2008): 171-183
-A. HUNTER, "The Cambridge Introduction to the Short Story in English", Cambridge UP. 2007 (pp.6-9, 50-83)
-B. BUCHANAN, ""Hanif Kureishi", Palgrave macmillan, 2007 ("Kureishi in context", 12-30, and pages on the scheduled short stories in chapter 4 devoted to Kureishi's short fiction)
C) HANDBOOK OF LITERARY HISTORY
-A. SANDERS, "The Short Oxford History of English Literature", Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994: ch.7-10 (the parts that will be indicated on the course moodle)
All students (attending and non-attending) are requested to register on the moodle of the course, in order for them to have access to posted information on bilbiography and didactic material
All the critical material above is avaiable at Frinzi Library (see "Universe" research browser).
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.
The exam will be oral and in English. It will center on the topics discussed in classes, starting from the short stories scheduled in the syllabus (part A), as well as on the critical bibliography (parts B, C).
The paper version of the primary sources is strongly recommended.
The students are asked to take their own primary sources with them.