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CODE 61323
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/10
LANGUAGE English
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

 

This is a 6-credit course taught in English in the second semester. It is intended for second-year TTMI students. It introduces students to the study of British literature about London from the end of the 19th century to the first decades of the 20th century,

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 assigned texts

  1. know some aspects of the late 19th-early20th century reflection on the experience of the modern metropolis;
  2. know significant historical-critical studies on the representation of London;
  3. know analytically a small corpus of literary texts of the period, can describe their main themes and formal features, and relate them to specific historical and cultural contexts;
  4. are able to make use of cues and ideas offered by critical texts.

 

 

PREREQUISITES

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.

 

TEACHING METHODS

 

Lectures in English interspersed with activities aimed at encouraging active participation in class. Attendance is highly recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to refer to an ad-hoc reading list.

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

This course aims to introduce students to the study of literature about London from the end of the 19th century to the first decades of the 20th century, focusing on the late Victorian short story (Prof. Villa), impressionist and modernist non-fiction writing (Prof. Colombino) and, finally, the poetic experimentation of the avant-gardes (Prof. Michelucci). Strolling without aim or destination, losing oneself in the city streets and immersing oneself in the crowd, while maintaining a detached posture: this is the experience of the flâneur described by Baudelaire, which inspired the urban journeys of much late 19th and early 20th century London literature. The physical space and places of the modern city become the landscape of modernity par excellence — sensationally recounted by tabloids, traversed by new means of transport, captured in fragments by photography and in motion by early cinema. Their significance is both ideological and aesthetic: they materialise specific political conditions and social relations, and at the same time solicit perceptions that redefine the subject, fracturing and multiplying its identity. The course focuses on a selection of texts by authors who have represented this experience in their writings.

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

All students will have to study a selection of critical articles, contextual materials, and the following literary texts, which will be made available on aulaweb:

  • George Egerton/Mary Chavelita Dunne, “The Lost Masterpiece” (1894)
  • Charlotte Mew, “Passed” (1894)
  • Ford Madox Ford, The Soul of London (1905). Estratti.
  • Virginia Woolf, ’Street Haunting. A London Adventure’ (1927)
  • T. S. Eliot et al., A selection of poems

 

 

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

STEFANIA MICHELUCCI (President)

DOMENICO LOVASCIO

LAURA COLOMBINO (President Substitute)

LUISA VILLA (President Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

21st February 2024.

Class schedule: Wedn. 13-15 (Aula I, Palazzo Serra) & Friday 9-10 (Aula Magna, Polo Didattico/Via delle Fontane)

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

This course is assessed by a 3-hour written examination in English. The exam paper covers all parts of the syllabus (literary history, poems and other texts commented in class; and the assigned critical texts). The final mark will result from the average of the marks related to the three parts of the syllabus.

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

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.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
25/01/2024 08:45 GENOVA Scritto Aula 3 Albergo dei Poveri- Si tratta di un esame scritto non di un compitino.
25/01/2024 08:45 GENOVA Compitino Aula 3 Albergo dei Poveri- Si tratta di un esame scritto non di un compitino.
08/02/2024 08:45 GENOVA Scritto Aula 3 Albergo dei Poveri. Si tratta di un esame scritto non di un compitino.
08/02/2024 08:45 GENOVA Compitino Aula 3 Albergo dei Poveri. Si tratta di un esame scritto non di un compitino.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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 2025.

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.