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CODE 61279
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/10
LANGUAGE English
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER Annual
SECTIONING Questo insegnamento è diviso nelle seguenti frazioni:
  • A
  • B
  • TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This is a second-year course taught in the first and second semesters, for students A-K. It introduces to aspects of nineteenth-century literature from Romanticism to the mid- and late-Victorian periods. Language: English. Credits: 9. This course is also available as a 6-credit option with a reduced syllabus.

    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 prescribed reading list, will acquire a good knowledge of some aspects of nineteenth-century literature. They will be able to analyse some literary texts, describe their main formal and thematic features, connect them to specific historical and cultural contexts, and make use of intrepretative hints and tools derived from critical articles.

    PREREQUISITES

    An acquaintance with literary periodization as customarily deployed in the study of European literatures; ability to understand English, both oral and written.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures in English occasionally interspersed with other activities. Active attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to refer to supplementary material which will be made available on aulaweb or in the departmental library.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    This course provides an introduction to nineteenth-century literature, through an historical and cultural survey of the Romantic, the mid-Victorian and the late Victorian periods. Its main focus is on fiction and its transformations in connection with the Woman Question.

    For students who choose this course as a 6-credit option the syllabus does not include the Romantic period (taught in the first semester).

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Regarding the standard 9 CFU course, all students will have to read two of the following novels:

    • Jane Austen, Persuasion or Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818 edition) 
    •  Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre or Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

    Plus

    • a selection of Romantic and Victorian poems and poetical manifestos (which will be provided via aulaweb);
    • a selection of fin-de-siècle short stories (New Woman Fiction)
    • Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest 
    • one critical article (or two short articles) on each of the novels they have chosen to read, and one on the New Woman fiction

    All materials (contextual and/or critical) will be made available through aulaweb and/or in the Department library. 

    The 6-credit syllabus does not include the Romantic period.

    Students who cannot attend regularly and actively will have to refer to the course slides and other materials which will be made available on aulaweb, plus some supplementary materials.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    LAURA COLOMBINO (President)

    LUISA VILLA (President)

    DOMENICO LOVASCIO

    STEFANIA MICHELUCCI (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Class schedule for semester 2: Wedn. 11-13 (aula 15, Albergo dei Poveri) & Friday 12-13 (aula 15, Albergo dei Poveri)

    2nd-semster classes will start on Wedn. 21 February.

    Updates and further information will be made available on the aulaweb course webpage.

    Fraz. A: surnames A-K

    Class schedule

    The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    This course is assessed by written examination (the total test-time is 4 hrs; 3hrs for the 6-credit option) on the contents of the course and the reading list, including anthological selections, criticism and other materials provided during the lectures. Language of examination: Italian or English (students are free to choose either). Students who attend classes regularly and actively will be offered alternative forms of assessment (end of term test, oral reports) for selected parts of the syllabus. 

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam paper (as well as any optional end-of-term test) involves open questions and guided commentary of literary texts (poems, extracts of plays and novels). Open questions test knowledge and comprehension; the guided commentary tests the student's 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 student's comprehension of, and ability to respond to, critical essays included in the reading list.

    Exam schedule

    Data appello Orario Luogo Degree type Note
    25/01/2024 08:45 GENOVA Scritto
    08/02/2024 08:45 GENOVA Scritto
    12/04/2024 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
    13/06/2024 08:45 GENOVA Scritto
    01/07/2024 08:45 GENOVA Scritto
    04/09/2024 08:45 GENOVA Scritto
    25/09/2024 14:00 GENOVA Scritto

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend, will have to refer to the lectures' audiorecordings, slides and other materials which will be made available on aulaweb. Course enrolment via aulaweb is mandatory. Examination enrolment is through the unige 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.

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