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ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

CODE 61322
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8741 TEORIE E TECNICHE DELLA MEDIAZIONE INTERLINGUISTICA (L-12) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/10
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    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 Antony and Cleopatra 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.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The 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

    1. can describe the literary forms and the most important personalities of early modern English literature;
    2. are familiar with numerous aspects and issues of early modern English drama;
    3. are acquainted with the main features of Early Modern English and are able to read and understand English texts in old spelling;
    4. know analytically at least one play by Shakespeare, can describe its main features and relate them to specific historical and cultural contexts;
    5. are able to analyse highly complex texts such as those by Shakespeare, recognising the main formal features of the single texts and relating them to the various historical and cultural context, as well as using the cues and ideas offered by the critical material.

    PREREQUISITES

    Level B1, English Language

    TEACHING METHODS

    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 on aulaweb.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    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 Antony and Cleopatra. 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 Antony and Cleopatra 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.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Students will have to study

    • William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra in English
    • Antony and Cleopatra: A Critical Reader, ed. Domenico Lovascio (London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2019; paperback 2021) ISBN 9781350215528
    • 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).

    Students who do not attend classes will also have to read in English either Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe or Samuel Richardson's Pamela, and they will have to read additional critical material that they will find in aulaweb.

    Foreign students who cannot read Italian will be allowed to use a different reference book from Elam-Crisafulli.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    DOMENICO LOVASCIO (President)

    MICHELA COMPAGNONI

    LAURA COLOMBINO (Substitute)

    STEFANIA MICHELUCCI (Substitute)

    LUISA VILLA (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    mid-February 2023

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    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). 

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    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.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    18/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    01/02/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    14/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    28/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    13/09/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto Aula IV (Balbi 5)
    28/09/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto Aula IV (Balbi 5)

    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 Ateneo website.

    This syllabus is valid until July 2024.

    Students who have been certified with specific learning disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia or dysgraphia are invited to contact the teacher as well as to use the various services (relevant offices, area contact persons, dedicated tutors) set up for them.