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ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

CODE 55857
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9918 LETTERATURE MODERNE E SPETTACOLO (LM-14) - 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 semester of the first year. It introduces aspects of the literature and culture of the United States from the Colonial Period to the end of the 19th century. 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 at familiarizing 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 19th 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).

    LESSONS ARE IN ENGLISH.

    For students who decide to come to lessons, attendance is mandatory for 28 hours out of 36 (75% of the course). Attendance is checked through signatures at the beginning and end of lessons. 

    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, and the American Dream.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Authors that might be included in the course for both attending/non-attending students (reading list to be integrated/modified)

     

    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”, “The Gold Bug” (short stories)

    Walt Whitman, Song of Myself” (poems)

    Charles Chesnutt, “The Goophered Grapevine” / “The Wife of His Youth"

     

    Slides, as well as further teaching material used during lessons, will be available on aulaweb.

    Students who are unable to attend will be given specific critical readings.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Second semester, February 2023, the precise date will be posted in aulaweb at the end of January 2023.

     

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Students will take a written exam at the end of the course (June, July, September, October 2023, and January 2024).

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

    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 2024.

    Erasmus students are welcome!

    If you're a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability please contact the professor paola.nardi@unige.it.