Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-LIN/11 - ANGLO-AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 14, 2022 al May 28, 2022.
This course aims at providing students with an advanced knowledge of themes, genres, and tendencies in the literature and culture of the United States. Focus will be on specific texts and on a variety of critical approaches to interpret them. By the end of this course, students will be able to analyze texts that show specific tendencies of American culture. They will be able to connect literary works to political, social, and religious events. They will develop critical awareness in seeing how literature is influenced by its context, and how the context defines literature, this allowing for domestic and international consequences. Furthermore, students will be able to approach texts with adequate critical tools, and will be familiar with specific features of American English.
Reconstructions, Translations, and Adaptations: The course aims at exploring the birth and development of American literature through the concepts of reconstruction, translation, and adaptation. They will be understood in their historical, political, and ideological as well as cultural and stylistic significance. It will be analyzed how literary texts have described various reconstructions of previous political and ideological frameworks of American history and adapted them to new social and cultural contexts. Formally, students will consider how translations and film adaptations have contributed to reconstructing the plots, narrative mechanisms, and values of literary works.
George Sandys, Ovid’s Metamorphosis Englished, Mythologiz’d, and Represented in Figures. An Essay to the Translation of Virgil’s Aeneis.
William Dunlap, Count Ugolino’s Episode
Dante Alighieri, Il conte Ugolino (Divina commedia, Inferno, canto XXXIII)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Divine Comedy, Inferno, canto XXXIII
Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Tim Burton, Sleepy Hollow
Walt Whitman, selezione di poesie
Emily Dickinson, selezione di poesie
Henry James, The American
Paul Unwin, The American
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
John Hillcoat, The Road
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight – screenplay
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight – movie
Bob Dylan, Desolation Row; Romance in Durango
Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology (selezione di poesie)
Fabrizio De André, Via della povertà; Avventura a Durango; selezione di canzoni da Non al denaro, non all’amore, né al cielo
Literary history and criticism:
Richard Gray, A Brief History of American Literature, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Linda Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation, Routledge, 2006.
Enrico Botta, Desiderai un nuovo mondo. La letteratura americana sulla Ricostruzione, Ombre corte, 2020.
Critical texts related to the primary sources will be available on the professor’s web page.
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