Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
Semester 1 dal Oct 2, 2017 al Jan 20, 2018.
The course presents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of literary texts which will position the chosen topic within the different literary contexts under consideration. At the end of the course, the students will have acquired:
- knowledge of the different literary genres and their evolution in the periods under consideration
- knowledge of the main critical theories regading the chosen topics
and will be able to
- apply the different critical approaches for the analysis of the texts
- discuss about the chosen topics in a coherent and interdisciplinary way
- use the different kinds of critical texts in support of their argumentation
PERFORMING IDENTITIES IN LAW AND LITERATURE
The course presents the articulation of identity in literary texts from the Victorian to the contemporary period. The approach will be interdisciplinary (law, literature and culture) and focussed on the revision of the literary tradition (in particular the fantastic).
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)
A) PRIMARY TEXTS (to be read in their original version, NOT abridged, in any edition)
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber
Emma Donoghue, Kissing the Witch
B) CRITICAL REFERNCES (part of the programme and of the exam)
Monique Chassagnol, "Masks and Masculinity in James Barrie's Peter Pan", in John Stephens, ed., Ways of Being Male. Representing Masculinities in Children's Literature and Film, New York and London, Routledge, 2002, pp. 200-215
D. Carpi, "Angela Carter: On the Ruins of Tradition? No Tales for Children", in D. Carpi, Fairy Tales in the Postmodern World (Heidelberg, Winter, 2016), pp. 19-42.
S. Fiorato, "Women and Contracts in Angela Carter's Postmodern Revision of the Fairy Tale", in P.G. Monateri, Comparative Contract Law, Elgar, 2017, pp. 361-381
R. Cutolo, "Voice and Identity in the Fairy Tale: Emma Donoghue's Kissing the Witch", in Polemos 6.2 (2012), pp. 207-223
B. Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment, New York, Vintage Books, 1989 (paragraphs: Fairy Tales and the Existential Predicament", "The Child's Need for Magic")
c) History of English Literature: from the Victorian age to the Contemporary Period
- A. Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2003
||Comparative Contract Law
||978 1 84980 451 6
||pp. 361-381: Sidia Fiorato, "Women and Contracts in Angela Carter's Postmodern Revision of the Fairy Tale"
||Fairy Tales in the Postmodern World
||pp. 19-42: Daniela Carpi, "Angela Carter: On the Ruins of Tradition? No Tales for Children"
||Kissing the Witch
||, "Masks and Masculinity in James Barrie's Peter Pan", in John Stephens, ed., Ways of Being Male. Representing Masculinities in Children's Literature and Film, New York and London, Routledge, 2002, pp. 200-215
||pp. 200-215: Monique Chassagnol, "Masks and Masculinity in James Barrie's Peter Pan"
||any edition, NOT abridged
||The Bloody Chamber
||The Short Oxford History of English Literature
||Oxford, Oxford University Press
||dal Vittorianesimo al periodo contemporaneo
|| The Uses of Enchantment
||paragraphs: Fairy Tales and the Existential Predicament", "The Child's Need for Magic"
||"Voice and Identity in the Fairy Tale: Emma Donoghue's Kissing the Witch"
|| Polemos 6.2 (2012), pp. 207-223
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 ( from the Victorian period to the contemporary period)
- 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
Students unable to attend lectures are required to get in touch before preparing for the exam.
All students, possibly also the students who will not be able to attend the course regularly, are kindly invited to attend the first class of the course, when the programme will be illustrated in detail.