MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE

Second cycle degree in EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: Maria Maddalena Parlati

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 9


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Advanced linguistic skills and thorough knowledge of modes, trends, periods of the history of British and Anglophone culture and literature
Examination methods: Oral exam;
active and continuous participation in class (oral/written presentations); compliance with reading assignments

Primary texts: context, genre, connection with the reading list materials

Secondary texts: the critical essays assigned are to be used as a tool for discussing on the primary works in the list and relating them to the other primary works and to contextual historical and cultural issues
Course unit contents: Modernisms at Large

This course aims at introducing and analysing the issues vaguely related to ‘modernism’ and ‘modernity’ in the first decades of the twentieth century. We’ll start with Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and later move to some WWI poems, with the goal of eventually reading some of the most famous works penned by our main literary authors, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, in relation to the many artistic, cultural, philosophical questions agitating Europe and the world from the late nineteenth century to the 1930s.