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This is a 6-credit course taught in English in the second semester. It is intended for second-year TTMI students. It introduces to aspects of nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century literature, focusing on the development of poetic forms from Romanticism to early modernism.
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.
Students who attend this course regularly and study the prescribed materials
An intermediate-advanced knowledge of English to follow classes and read materials in English; an acquaintance with literary periodization as customarily deployed in the study of European literatures.
Lectures in English interspersed with activities aimed at encouraging active participation in class work. Attendance is highly recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to refer to an ad-hoc reading list.
This course aims at introducing students to the study of English literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It especially focuses on poetry and its development, from the romantics (Prof. Colombino), to the Victorians (Prof. Villa), to the early-modernist avant-garde (Prof. Michelucci)
All students will have to study a selection of texts and poetical manifestos by a variety of authors (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Ch. Rossetti, Swinburne, Pound, T.S. Eliot) which will be made available on aulaweb. They will also have to study some critical and contextual materials, as well as the literary history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (reference book: John Peck and Martin Doyle, A Brief History of English Literature, Palgrave, 2002, or any later edition, ch. 9-14).
Students are expected to choose and read a novel among the following:
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Office hours: All information and updates on Prof. Colombino's office hours are available on her departmental webpage: http://www.lingue.unige.it/?post_type=dipendente&p=2091
Office hours: All information and updates on Prof. Villa's office hours are to be found on her departmental webpage: https://lingue.unige.it/node/775
This course is assessed by a 3-hour written examination in English. The open-ended-question exam paper covers all parts of the syllabus (literary history, poems and other texts commented in class; and the prescribed critical material). The final mark will result from the average of the marks related to the three parts (romanticism, Victorian age, modernism) of the syllabus.
The exam paper involves open-ended questions (on the historical period, the cultural contexts, the main authors) and guided commentaries of literary texts. Open-ended questions test knowledge and comprehension; guided commentaries test the students’ ability to recognise and describe the main formal and thematic 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 essays included in the reading list.
Attendance is highly recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to study some supplementary or different material. Subscription to the course via aulaweb is mandatory.
This syllabus is valid until July 2024.
Students diagnosed with DSA should contact the professors to discuss an appropriate approach to the exam.