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.
The course is held in English and aims at providing students with advanced notions of English Literature, especially in relation to forms, genres and critical approaches. 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 in such a way as to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical debate surrounding them; - develop critical and autonomous thinking by personally elaborating on debated issues.
Narrating Illness: Literature and Health Humanities
The module will be held in English. Attending students will take one self-assessment test at the end of the module.
Further teaching material will be available for download from the MOODLE repository.
Attending and non-attending students alike are required to do all the readings indicated below:
- William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1595.
- Catherine Dunne, The Walled Garden, 2000.
-Alice Munro, “The Bear Came over the Mountains” in Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, 2001.
Film: Sarah Polley, Away from her, 2007.
-- Jenna Baddeley, Jefferson A. Singer, “A loss in the family: Silence, memory, and narrative identity after bereavement”, MEMORY, 2010, 18 (2), 198-207.
-- Paul Crawford, Brian Brown, Charley Baker, Victoria Tischler and Brian Abrams, Health Humanities, Palgrave, 2015. I seguenti capitoli: 1. Health Humanities; 3. Applied Literature; 5. Performing Arts and the Aesthetics of Health; 6. Visual Art and Transformation
--- Amelia DeFalco, Lorraine York (eds.) Ethics and Affects in the Fiction of Alice Munro, Palgrave, 2018. I seguenti capitoli: Amelia DeFalco, Lorraine York, “Introduction: Risking Feeling: Alice Munro’s Fiction of ‘Exquisite Shame’”; Ana María Fraile-Marcos, “Embodied Shame and the Resilient Ethics of Representation in Alice Munro’s ‘The Bear Came Over the Mountain.’”
-- Arthur Frank, The Wounded storyteller. Body, Illness and Ethics, The University of Chicago Press, 1995. I seguenti capitoli: 3. Illness as a call for stories; 4. The Restitution Narrative; 5. The Chaos Narrative.
-- Alice Hall, Literature and Disability, Routledge, 2016
-- Ann Jurecic, Illness as Narrative, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.
-- Petra Kuppers, Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on the Edge, Routledge, 2003, 1-9.
-- Jeffrey R. Wilson, “The Trouble with Disability in Shakespeare’s Studies”, Disability Studies Quarterly, 37.2 (2017)
-- Virginia Woolf, “On being ill”, 1926.
-- Rita Charon, Honoring the Stories of Illness, Oxford University Press, 2006.
--- Thomas Courser, Vulnerable Subjects, Cornell University Press, 2004.
--Ann Jurecic, Illness as Narrative, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.
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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.
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.
The exam is the same for attending and non-attending students and for Erasmus students.