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 and literatures, postcolonial critical theory, gender studies.
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 WOMEN'S WRITING IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURES IN ENGLISH.
The first part of the course offers an introduction to postcolonial critical theory and gender studies, from which contemporary Anglophone women's writings may be profitably approached. It deals with the relationships between the imperial centre and its (ex)colonies, it investigates moments of appropriation and subversion of European culture in the post-1945 period, it discusses questions of patriarchal, colonial, race and power relationships, and analyses literary works by women writers that speak about urgent issues of contemporary time.
The second part of the course offers critical readings of poetic and narrative texts by women in/from different Anglophone contexts.