Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 14, 2022 al May 28, 2022.
The module, taught in English, aims at providing the students with interpretive skills and in-depth knowledge related to the main themes and theoretical issues that qualify colonial and postcolonial literature in English. This will be done through a close reading of the set texts, chosen for their representative force and analyzed in their textual dynamics, in a wide diachronic perspective that, nonetheless, fully takes into account the specifics of their contexts.The broader gaol is to stimulate the students to develop their competence in critically approaching the texts and the historical, political and cultural dynamics underlying them.
At the end of the module the students will be able to:
-read and interpret postcolonial literary texts by structuring ideas and concepts with argumentative skill;
-comment on the texts in such a way as to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical debate surrounding them.
The course will provide students with the opportunity to engage in close reading, interpretation, and discussion of two postcolonial texts crucially involving the issues of migration and multiculturalism and its thematic inflections (identity, belonging, racism, nation/border).
Module 1: prof. Annalisa Pes (24 hours). Module 2: prof. Susanna Zinato (12 hours)
A) PRIMARY TEXTS:
-CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS, Barracuda (2013)
-NADINE GORDIMER, The Pickup (2001)
B) CRITICAL REFERENCES (compulsory):
-T. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, and H. Tiffin (eds.), The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures, Routledge, 1989: Introduction; ch.2 (Replacing language: textual Strategies in Postcolonial Writing"), ch. 5 (Replacing Theory: Postcolonial Writing and Literary Theory).
- Jessica Gildersleeve, Christos Tsiolkas: the Utopian Vision. New York: Cambria. 2017 [CHAPTER 5 “Forgiveness”]
- I. Dimitriu, "Postcolonializing Gordimer: the Ethics of 'Beyond' and Significant Peripheries in the Recent Fiction", English in Africa, Vol. 33. No.2 (2006): 159-180 (cf. Jstor)
- M.J. Cloete, "A Study of Identity in Post-Apartheid South-African English Literature: The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer", Liberator, Vol.26, No.1 (April 2005): 49-67
SUPPLEMENTARY CRITICAL TEXTS FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS (compulsory):
-A. Loomba, "Colonial and Postcolonial identities" (ch.2, 104-183) in ID, "Colonialism/Postcolonialism", Routledge, 1998
- R. King, J. Connell, P. White (eds.), Writing Across Worlds. Literature and Migration, Routledge, 1995: ch.1 ("Geography, Literature and Migration"), pp.1-19.
- Andrew McCann, Christos Tsiolkas and the Fiction of Critique: Politics, Obscenity, Celebrity. London: Anthem Press. 2015 [CHAPTER 5 “The Politics of the Bestseller: The Slap and Barracuda”, pp. 111-132]
N.B.: students are recommended to take with them their novels (unabridged and paperback) at the exam.
Oral exam in English on the topics of the course and on the relevant issues included in primary and critical texts in the syllabus (A+B)
Students have to bring their own primary texts (A) at the exam.