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ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE II

CODE 61279
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8467 STORIA DELL'ARTE E VALORIZZAZ. PATRIMONIO ARTISTICO(LM-89) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 3nd year of 8459 STORIA (L-42) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8457 LETTERE (L-10) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/10
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    SECTIONING This unit is divided into 2 sections:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This is a second-year course taught in the first and second semesters. It introduces to aspects of nineteenth-century literature from Romanticism to the mid- and late-Victorian periods. Language: English. Credits: 9. This course is also available as a 6-credit option with a reduced syllabus.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    BA courses aim to provide students with a basic knowledge of British literature and culture from the Renaissance to the present age with special emphasis on the development of modern fiction, post-colonial studies, twentieth-century modernism and post-modernism.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students who attend this course regularly, and study the prescribed materials, will acquire a good knowledge of some aspects of nineteenth-century literature. They will be able to analyse some literary texts, describe their main formal and thematic features, connect them to specific historical and cultural contexts, and make use of intrepretative hints and tools derived from critical material.

    PREREQUISITES

    An acquaintance with literary periodization as customarily deployed in the study of European literatures; ability to understand English, both oral and written.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures in English interspersed with seminar/group activities. Active attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to refer to a slightly different reading list.

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    This course provides an introduction to nineteenth century literature, through an historical and cultural survey of the Romantic, the mid-Victorian and the late Victorian periods. Its main focus is on fiction and its transformations in connection with the Woman Question.

    For students who choose this course as a 6-credit option the syllabus does not include the late Victorian period.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Regarding the standard 9 CFU course, all students will have to read two of the following novels in any unabridged edition of their choice:

    • Jane Austen, Persuasion or Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818 edition) 
    •  Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre or George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss;

    Plus

    • a selection of Romantic and Victorian poems and poetical manifestos (which will be provided via aulaweb);
    • a selection of late nineteenth-century short stories by New Woman writers and of extracts from notable statements on the Woman Question (which will be provided via aulaweb)
    • Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest 
    • one critical article on each of the novels they have chosen to read, and one on the New Woman fiction

     

    Students will also have to make themselves familiar with the history of English Literature 1785-1900. Other materials (contextual and/or critical) will be made available through aulaweb and/or in the Department library. 

    The 6-credit syllabus does not include the late Victorian period (i.e. Oscar Wilde and New Woman fiction).

    Students who cannot attend regularly and actively will have to refer to a different reading list, more suitable to individual study; they are advised to contact the instructor for further details.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    October 2022.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    This course is assessed by written examination (the total test-time is 4 hrs; 3hrs for the 6-credit option) on the contents of the course and the reading list, including anthological selections, criticism and other materials provided during the lectures. Language of examination: Italian or English (students are free to choose either). Students who attend classes regularly and actively will be offered alternative forms of assessment (end of term test, written reports) for selected parts of the syllabus. 

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam paper (as well as any optional end-of-term test) involves open questions and guided commentary of literary texts (poems, extracts of plays and novels). Open questions test knowledge and comprehension; the guided commentary tests the student's 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 student's comprehension of, and ability to respond to, critical essays included in the reading list.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    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 unige website.

    Students with special educational needs and disabilities certified by an official assessment body are kindly requested to contact the instructor at the beginning of term in order to arrange a suitable testing format.