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CODE 68631
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/11
LANGUAGE English
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
MODULES Questo insegnamento è un modulo di:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

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.

TEACHING METHODS

The course is composed of lectures as well as seminars. The latter will involve the active participation of students, who can engage in individual and/or group research and presentations. Three hours per week given in two classes (of 2 hours and 1 hour respectively).

LESSONS ARE IN ENGLISH.

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

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

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course will deal with the African American tradition from Colonial America to the contemporary period. Every year through different texts and perspectives, students will focus on some issues like slavery, African tradition, the Middle Passage, slave narratives, segregation, relationship with the white and European tradition, the Civil Rights Movement till the most recent expressions like Black Lives Matter.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Materiali critici e di supporto verranno resi disponibili su aulaweb

Additional bibliography will be given during lessons

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

PAOLA ANNA NARDI (President)

GABRIELE FERRACCI

STEFANIA MICHELUCCI (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Second semester, February 2025, the precise date will be posted in aulaweb at the end of January 2025.

 

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

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

For the other students, the evaluation will be based entirely on the final exam (75%) and essay/guided report (25%) 

Exam: 2 hours, 5 questions

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is highly 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 unige website.

This syllabus is valid till February 2026

Erasmus students are welcomed!

Students who have valid certification of physical or learning disabilities on file with the University and who wish to discuss possible accommodations or other circumstances regarding lectures, coursework and exams, should speak both with the instructor and with prof. Sara Dickinson (sara.dickinson@unige.it), the Department's disability liaison. Further information available at https://unige.it/disabilita-dsa.