CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

Second cycle degree in EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: ANNALISA OBOE

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 9


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Fluent English and good knowledge of the English literary canon.
Interest in the English-speaking world, contemporary cultures, postcolonial critical theory and literature.
Examination methods: Oral exam at the end of the course. The final assessment takes into account individual or group presentations and active participation in class (good class work contributes to the final mark).
Course unit contents: The course title is POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS.
The first part of the course offers an introduction to postcolonial critical theory and perspectives from which postcolonial Anglophone literatures and cultures may be profitably approached. It deals with the relationships between the imperial centre and its colonies, it investigates moments of appropriation and subversion of European culture in the post-1945 period, it discusses questions of race and power relationships, and analyses contemporary artistic expressions, in particular literature and cinema, and related to phenomena of hybridisation, diaspora, global migratory flows and the urgent issues of contemporary time in relation to Human Rights.
The second part of the course offers a critical reading of poetic and narrative texts of contemporary literature in English.