Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 27, 2021 al Jan 8, 2022.
This course is held in English and aims at providing Students with advanced notions of English Literature especially in relation to different critical methodologies and interpretations of the literary text. it also aims to develop an autonomous and original critical approach to literary texts.
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to: -
read and interpret literary texts by structuring ideas and concepts with argumentative skill and expressive mastery;
- critically comment on the texts so as to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical debate surrounding them,
- develop critical and autonomous thinking by personally elaborating on debated issues.
“Lyric and Performance: Shakespeare’s Sonnets Between Page and Stage”.
The module will analyse a selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets in the context of Elizabethan sonneteering, moving from the Petrarchan translations of Wyatt and Surrey to the compositions of Sir Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser. It will examine early printed editions and will discuss issues of subtextuality and intertextuality, focusing in particular on the performative potential of Shakespeare’s sonnets. To this end, they will be compared with some of the sonnets present in his plays from the standpoint of the page-stage relation. The analysis will be framed by a theoretical reflection on critical methodology aimed at introducing students to a range of problems of critical approaches and textual interpretation.
The module will be held in English. Attending students will take one self-assessment test at the end of the module. A written calendar of the topics that will be dealt with will be circulated in class at the beginning of the course.
Further teaching material, including a selection of the texts that will be discussed in class, will be available for download from the MOODLE repository.
Attending and non-attending students, as well as Erasmus students are required to do all the readings indicated below:
• Helen Vendler, The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Cambridge MA, London, Harvard University Press, 1997. A selection of sonnets will be indicated during the course.
• David Schalkwyk, Speech and Performance in Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Plays, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
• Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004.
• Jonathan Culler, Literary Theory. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006.
• Jonathan Culler, Theory of the Lyric, Cambridge MA, London, Harvard University Press, 2015.
• Alessandro Serpieri, a cura di, William Shakespeare, Sonetti, Milano, Rizzoli, 1995.
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Knowledge acquisition will be evaluated through an oral exam, which will consist in a discussion of the topics dealt with during the module. The oral exam will be held in English.
Alternatively, students may submit an essay in English of approximately 5,000 words at least a week before the exam. The essay will then be presented and discussed orally. For essay-writing guidelines please refer to the following text: Richard Marggraf Turley, Writing Essays, London and New York, Routledge, 2016 (2nd edition). Before submitting their essays, students are required to discuss their project with the teacher.
The acquired abilities will be evaluated in terms of:
1) ability to use the critical approaches discussed during module;
2) autonomous critical capacity;
3) presentation and argumentative skills in academic discussion.