ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE

First cycle degree in LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: ANNA SCACCHI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 9


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students should be able to read and discuss primary and secondary sources in English.
Examination methods: Oral exam in English.
Course unit contents: "American Myths: Founding Narratives of the United States"

We will investigate some of the founding national myths of the US, such as Manifest Destiny, American Dream, New Beginning, etc. Our critical analysis of these foundational narratives will be based on key texts, ranging from political speeches to autobiografical writings and fiction and poetry. We will reflect on the construction of US national identity from the American Revolution to the great immigratory waves of the late nineteenth century, and the revisions/expansions of the notion of who/what is an American citizen triggered by the claims for citizenship on the part of new subject (women, African Americans, migrants)