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CODE 61273
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/11
LANGUAGE English
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

This is a 54-hour course (two modules 36 + 18 hours) taught in the second semester of the second / third year. It could also be a course of one module, 36 hours (6CFU). It introduces aspects of the literature and culture of the United States from the end of the 19th century to the contemporary period. Language: English.

36-credit-module: Dott.ssa Paola A. Nardi

18-credit-module: not yet assigned

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at  familiarizing students with major trends of American culture and with important works in different genres (fiction, essays, poetry, movies, visual arts). Students will learn how to analyze such works competently from a historical and textual perspective

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the completion of the course the student

- will have become familiar with major American historical and cultural developments, and with some major American writers and texts;

- will be able to interpret these developments in English and Italian with reference to fiction, poetry, drama and literary theory;

- will be able to contextualize and analyze texts and documents of notable complexity and historical significance and describe their cultural and linguistic peculiarities.

PREREQUISITES

Preferably, students should already have taken an introductory course in American literature. However, personal interest and a good background in reading literature may be sufficient to participate usefully in this course. A fair knowledge of English (B2 or superior level) and an ability to follow complex historical and cultural arguments are also required. Erasmus students are welcome.

TEACHING METHODS

Course with lectures in English and seminar activities, workgroups, and close-readings.

Students who are unable to attend will have to read some supplementary material.

For students who decide to come to lessons, attendance is mandatory for 28 hours out of 36 and 13 hours out of 18 (75% of the course). Attendance is checked through signatures. 

Attendance is strongly recommended.

Lessons are in English.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course of the second year aims at introducing the essential elements of the literature and culture of the United States through some of the fundamental texts of the period from the end of the 19th century to the contemporary period. Every year through different texts and perspectives, students will focus on issues like the literature of the West, the South, the urban development, racial tensions, ethnic literature, environmental issues, Realism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism. These topics will be presented in various courses that will deal with different spaces: New England, Midwest, West, the South, and the American city.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

"The Literature of the U.S. South"

 

The course focuses on the literature and culture of the South, one of the most contradictory, thriving, and traditional spaces of the United States. Through a selection of a wide variety of literary texts, students will be introduced to different issues, among which plantation life, racial tensions, Jim Crow Era, Civil Rights Era, local color, Southern agrarianism, rural and pastoral literature, Southern humor, Southern grotesque, Southern renaissance, the blues.

Authors that might be included in the course for both attending/non-attending students (reading list to be integrated/modified):

Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Robert Penn Warren, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Cormac McCarthy, Katherine Ann Porter, Tennessee Williams

Slides, as well as further teaching material used during lessons, will be available on aulaweb.

Students who are unable to attend will be given specific critical readings.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

PAOLA ANNA NARDI (President)

GABRIELE FERRACCI

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Second semester, Tuesday 20 February 2024

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Students will take a written exam at the end of the course (June, July, September, October 2023, and February 2024).

For students who will attend the course, the evaluation will be based on both their active participation in the lessons (25%) and the final exam (75%)

The evaluation will be based entirely on the final exam for the other students.

There will be a written exam (2 hours). The exam consists of 5 questions, and answers must be not less than 15 lines long.There will be a reduction in the number of questions and the exam duration for attending students who have already dealt with texts in the syllabus.

Students will have to show their knowledge of the authors presented, the texts analyzed, and their cultural contexts. 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The exam paper involves open questions and commentary on literary texts (poems, extracts of short stories, novels, essays, etc.). The open questions test knowledge and comprehension; the commentary tests the student's ability to recognize 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.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
23/01/2024 11:30 GENOVA Scritto L'esame è scritto e dura due ore secondo le indicazioni su aulaweb. L'esame sarà in aula 17 AdP Iscrizioni aperte da 30 a 7 giorni prima della data. Ricordarsi di portare fogli possibilmente a righe per la prova scritta
07/02/2024 11:30 GENOVA Scritto L'esame è scritto e dura due ore secondo le indicazioni su aulaweb. L'esame sarà in aula E polo didattico Iscrizioni aperte da 30 a 7 giorni prima della data. Ricordarsi di portare fogli possibilmente a righe per la prova scritta

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is highly recommended. Students who cannot attend will have to study some supplementary or different material. Course enrolment via aulaweb is mandatory. Examination enrolment is through the unige website.

This syllabus is valid till February 2025.

Erasmus students are welcome!

If you're a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability please contact the professor disabili@unige.it and and Professor Dickinson (sara.dickinson@unige.it)

You should also inform the professor with a mail to paola.nardi@unige.it well in advance of the exam.