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ENGLISH LITERATURE

CODE 108853
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-37) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the nd year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-38) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/10
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This is an elective course offered in the first semester (36 hours/3 hours a week); lectures are given in English. It is open to all students, but is especially meant for third-year students and LM students of the Department of modern foreign languages, as well as for Erasmus and other foreign students visiting Genova University in the first semester. The syllabus for a.a. 2022-23 focuses on the "ghost story".

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This elective course is available to both third-year BA and MA students. It focuses each year on different authors, themes, genres and moments in literary history with the aim of widening the student's experience of literary texts in English through a variety of critical approaches.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students who have attended classes regularly and actively, and studied the prescribed material,

    - have acquired a general knowledge of the genesis and development of the modern ghost story in English, and are able to connect it to the transformations of the market for literature, and to other historical and cultural aspects of the 'long' nineteenth century.

    - have acquired an in-depth knowledge of a small corpus of late 19-th century short stories/novellas relating to British as well as colonial settings; are able to describe their main formal and thematic features and connect them to specific historical and cultural contexts, making use of cues and ideas offered by critical materials.

     

    PREREQUISITES

    A general knowledge of British literary history (Romantics to Modernists). A good ability to understand spoken English, and to read complex literary and critical texts, some of which are not available in translation.

    TEACHING METHODS

    This course will include introductory lectures in English and class activities on selected literary texts and relevant critical material. 

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    This course provides an introduction to the study of the ghost story and the flourishing of this sub-genre in the nineteenth century. Its focus is especially on late nineteenth-century fictions set in Britain and India. A selection of short stories and novellas by various authors will be studied, together with a range of contextual and critical materials.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    All students will have to read a selection of short fictions by various authors (Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, Charlotte Riddell, Bithia Croker...), which will be made available on aulaweb. Students will also have to study contextual materials as well as some specimens of recent critical works on the subject (which will be made available on aulaweb or in the department library). 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

    5 October 2022, h. 9.00 (Aula 15, Albergo dei Poveri).

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    For all students assessment will be based on a piece of written work (guided report)  (50%) and a written examination (50%). Students from the Departiment of Modern Languages and Literatures are expected to write their reports and take their exam in English. Students from other Departments may choose to be assessed in Italian. 

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    WRITTEN EXAMINATION: Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of primary texts and critical bibliography, their understanding of cultural and theoretical issues and their ability to analyse and contextualise extracts from literary texts. 

    GUIDED REPORT: Students are asked to write a report on a text/theme related to their reading list.  Students will be expected to show their ability to deploy their knowledge of themes/works/authors/critical theories studied in the course in analysing one literary text. Report titles, instructions and deadlines for submission will be illustrated in class and also made available on aulaweb by mid-December..

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Attendance is strongly recommended. At the beginning of the course students will have to enrol on AulaWeb. Enrolment for exams is online on the University of Genova 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.

    This syllabus is valid till February 2024.