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This is a first-year course taught in the second semester. It introduces students to aspects and issues of early modern English drama by outlining its historical, cultural, political and religious context, as well as its structural and formal characteristics, before examining William Shakespeare's Othello as an example of a complex literary text in which form, content and context work together to contribute to the creation of multiple levels of meaning.
Students who attend this course regularly and study the prescribed materials
Level B1, English Language
Lectures in English, which will be complemented by screenings of theatrical performances in order to enable students to appreciate theatrical texts in their fullest instantiation.
Attendance is heartily recommended.
Students who are unable to attend will have to read some supplementary material, which will be made available in aulaweb.
The course seeks to introduce the students to the study of early modern English literature. Lectures will first illustrate the historical, religious, social and cultural features of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. They will then focus on the formal and content analysis of William Shakespeare's Othello. Particular attention will be paid to: the relevance of religious controversies on the literary, artistic and cultural production; the material conditions of the period's theatrical experience (the structure of the playhouses and the theatrical business) and the way they profoundly shaped dramatic texts that would later acquire traits of universality and atemporality. In order to locate Othello more firmly within Shakespeare's oeuvre, as well within the broader context of early modern drama, analyses of passages from other plays by Shakespeare or other playwrights of the period such as Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and John Fletcher may be proposed.
Students will have to study William Shakespeare's Othello in English, as well as the other materials (presentations, contextual texts and critical essays) that will be made available either through aulaweb or in the Department library.
They will also have to make themselves familiar with the history of English literature 1500-1785 (reference books: L. Hopkins and M. Steggle, Renaissance Literature and Culture, Continuum, London 2006, pp. 1-96; L. M. Crisafulli e K. Elam, Manuale di letteratura e cultura inglese, Bononia UP, 2009, pp. 19-179).
They will also have to read in English either Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe or Samuel Richardson's Pamela.
Foreign students who cannot read Italian will be allowed to use a different reference book from Elam-Crisafulli.
DOMENICO LOVASCIO (President)
LAURA COLOMBINO (Substitute)
STEFANIA MICHELUCCI (Substitute)
LUISA VILLA (Substitute)
Second semester (End of February - May 2022)
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
This course is assessed by written examination on the contents of the course and the reading list, as well as other compulsory materials. Language of examination: English or Italian. Total test time: 3 hrs. The open-ended-question exam paper covers all parts of the syllabus (cultural and historical context, history of literature 1500-1785 and all the prescribed texts and critical materials).
The exam paper involves open-ended questions on the historical period, the cultural contexts, literary movements and main authors, and guided commentary of literary texts. The open questions test knowledge and comprehension; the guided commentary tests the students' ability to recognise and describe the main formal features of specific texts, and connect them to contextual historical and cultural information; it also tests the students' comprehension of, and ability to respond to, the critical materials included in the reading list.
Attendance is heartily 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 Ateneo website.
This syllabus is valid until July 2023.