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ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

CODE 55857
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9918 LETTERATURE MODERNE E SPETTACOLO (LM-14) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/11
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This is a 36-hour course taught in the second semesters of the first-year. It introduces to aspects of the literature and culture of the United States from the Colonial Period to the Civil War. Language: English. Credits: 6.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students will acquire a general knowledge of the language, culture, institutions and selectied literary trends and texts of the U.S.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to familiarize students with major trends of American culture and with important works in different genres (fiction, essay, drama, poetry, film). Students will learn how to analyze such works competently from a historical and generic perspective.

    Students who attend this course regularly and study the prescribed materials

    1.    can describe the literary forms and the most important personalities of the American literature and culture of the XIXth century;

    2.    can recognize and interpret theoretical, poetical, and narrative texts in the context of the historical/cultural period studied

    3.    can analyze complex texts with their cultural and linguistic peculiarities

    PREREQUISITES

    The course is entirely taught in English. Students are expected to have a B2 level of English which is the exit level they are supposed to have with the Italian High School Degree

    TEACHING METHODS

    Course with lectures in English and seminar activities, workgroups and close-readings. Three hours per week given in two classes (of 2 hours and 1 hour respectively).

    Students who are unable to attend will have to read some supplementary material.

    LESSONS ARE IN ENGLISH.

    For students who decide to come to lessons the attendance is mandatory for 28 hours out of 36 (75% of the couse). Attendance is checked through signatures. 

    Students who are unable to attend will have to read some supplementary material.

    Attendance is strongly recommended.

     

     

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course of the first year aims at introducing the basic elements of the literature and culture of the United States through some of the fundamental texts of the period from the Colonies to the Civil War. Every year through different texts and perspectives, students will focus on issues like American Exceptionalism, the Puritan Heritage, the Wilderness, the myth of the frontier, racial tensions, cultural and ethnic varieties, the American Dream.

    Slides as well as furhter teaching material used during lessons will be available on aulaweb

     

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    N. Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (novel)

    Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (novel)

    Emerson, “Nature”, (extracts)

                    “The American Scholar” (extracts)

    Herman Melville, “Bartleby” / “I and My Chimney” (short story)

    Frederick Douglass, “What to A Slave is the Fourth of July” (extracts)

    Edgar A. Poe “The Tell-Tale Heart” / “The Oval Portrait” / “The Cask of Amontillado” (short story)

    Edgar Allan Poe “The Gold Bug” (short story)

    Walt Whitman, Song of Myself” (poems)

    Students are highly recommended to read the two novels in the bibliography before the beginning of lessons.

    Additional bibliography will be given during lessons.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    PAOLA ANNA NARDI (President)

    GABRIELE FERRACCI

    STEFANIA MICHELUCCI

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Second semester, February 2022, the precise date will be posted in aulaweb at the end of January 2022.

     

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

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    Students will take a written exam at the end of the course (June, July, September, October 2022, February 2023).

    For students who will attend the course, evaluation will be based on both their active participation in the lessons (25%) and on the final exam (75%)

    For the other students, the evaluation will be based entirely on the final exam.

    There will be a written exam (2 hours), The exam consists of 5 questions, and answers must be not less than 15 lines long

    Students will have to show their knowledge of the authors presented, the texts analyzed, and their cultural contexts. 

     

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam paper involves open questions and commentary of literary texts (poems, extracts of short stories, novels, essays, etc). The open questions test knowledge and comprehension; the commentary tests the student's ability to recognize and describe the main formal features of specific texts, and connect them to contextual historical and cultural information; it also tests the student's comprehension of, and ability to respond to, critical essays included in the reading list.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    21/01/2022 15:30 GENOVA Scritto Fino a nuove disposizioni, l'esame ritorna ad essere in forma scritta secondo le modalità pubblicate su aulaweb. L'esame si svolgerà in aula E
    04/02/2022 15:30 GENOVA Orale Fino a nuove disposizioni, l'esame ritorna ad essere in forma scritta secondo le modalità pubblicate su aulaweb L'esame si svolgerà in aula B
    15/06/2022 16:30 GENOVA Scritto L'esame è scritto e dura due ore secondo le indicazioni su aulaweb. L'esame sarà al Polo in aula B in data 15 e il aula E in data 29 giugno. Iscrizioni aperte da 60 a 7 giorni prima della data.
    29/06/2022 16:30 GENOVA Scritto L'esame è scritto e dura due ore secondo le indicazioni su aulaweb. L'esame sarà al Polo in aula B in data 15 e il aula E in data 29 giugno. Iscrizioni aperte da 60 a 7 giorni prima della data.
    09/09/2022 11:30 GENOVA Scritto L'esame è scritto e dura due ore secondo le indicazioni su aulaweb. L'esame sarà in aula 11 AdP Iscrizioni aperte da 60 a 7 giorni prima della data.
    23/09/2022 11:30 GENOVA Scritto L'esame è scritto e dura due ore secondo le indicazioni su aulaweb. L'esame sarà Polo aula A. Iscrizioni aperte da 60 a 7 giorni prima della data.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Attendance is highly recommended. Students who are unable to attend, will have to study some supplementary or different material. Course enrolment via aulaweb is mandatory. Examination enrolment is through the unige website.

    This syllabus is valid till July 2023.

    Erasmus students are welcomed!