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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Course unit
ENGLISH LITERATURE 2 (Iniziali cognome M-Z)
SUP6074661, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
SU2294, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LITERATURE 2
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scienzeumane/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-SU2294-000ZZ-2016-SUP6074661-A1302
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge Maria Maddalena Parlati

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/10 English Literature 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Intermediate skills in English; knowledge of the literary, cultural, historical contexts related to nineteenth-century Britain
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the main themes and issues related to British literature from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.
Students will be able to recognize and discuss in English on literary genres, as well as on the most important cultural and ideological issues of the time.
Examination methods: Oral exam, primary texts will be essential, bring your books!
The reading list is to be intended as WHOLLY compulsory, in its entirety as suggested and clarified on this page and on Moodle.

This includes the suggested history of literature textbooks, which are NOT simply suggested reading, but COMPULSORY.

Each student will prove his/her ability in argumenting over culturally, not only literally relevant, topics.
Assessment criteria: Students will argue over the main key terms and issues in appropriate English. They will be able to connect authors and texts to the general discourses treated in class and to the critical material provided
Course unit contents: Literature at War

This course introduces texts which deal with modern war and warfare, be they real or imaginary, from the very late Victorian ‘martian invasion’ text proposed by HG Wells, to a few poems written by some of the British poets-soldiers of the First World War. We’ll later move to Graham Greene’s Ministry of Fear, a novel dealing with the Blitz and the devastation brought to the city of London by the Second World War and the Nazi attempts at invading Britain. Our last text is the very famous post-war novel by William Golding, Lord of the Flies, which is haunted by fears of cold and nuclear wars.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and texts in English.
Powerpoint presentations.

Together with lectures, a few critical texts will be read in class and there will also be film or other media versions of our main literary works. Attendance is highly recommended as well as an active participation in class.

Critical works related to the four clusters will be provided on the Moodle platform. Lectures will also be recorded and uploaded on the page, for the sake of students who may not attend.

An active participation in the critical reading workshops organized within our ordinary schedule will be considered mid-course partial exam.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Reading List

Primary works:
HG. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1898 (any edition, as long as not reduced for children or young adults)

First World War Poems (5):
Rosenberg, Isaac, “Dead Men’s Dump”; Sassoon, Sigfried, “Repression of War Experience”; Owen, Wilfred, “Anthem for Doomed Youth”; “Dulce et decorum est”; Graves, Robert, “Recalling War”

G. Greene, Ministry of Fear, 1943 (any edition, as long as not reduced for children or young adults)

W. Golding, Lord of the Flies, 1958 (any edition, as long as not reduced for children or young adults)

Secondary Materials

A. Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, any edition (twentieth century 1900-1945 section, pages will follow on Moodle)
or
A. Cattaneo, A Short History of English Literature. From the Victorians to the Present, Milano, Mondadori, pp. 97-214

- a list of other critical works will be provided on moodle and at the Centro Copie when the course starts
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Wells, H. G.; Asimov, Isaac, <<The >>war of the worldsH. G. Wellswith an afterword by Isaac Asimov. New York: New American library, 1986. any edition will do, POSSIBLY WITH NOTES AND INTRODUCTION
  • Greene, Graham, <<10: The >>ministry of fearGraham Greene. London: Heinemann, Bodley Head, 1986. OR ANY OTHER EDITION, POSSIBLY WITH NOTES AND INTRODUCTION
  • Golding, William Gerald; Kinkead-Weekes, Mark; Gregor, Ian, Lord of the fliesa novelby William Goldingwith an introduction and notes by Ian Gregor and Mark Kinkead-Weekes. London \etc.!: Faber and Faber, 1962. ANY OTHER EDITION is accepted, POSSIBLY WITH NOTES AND INTRODUCTION
  • Owen, Wilfred; Blake, Nicholas; Blunden, Edmund, <<The >>collected poems of Wilfred Owenedited with an introduction and notes by C. Day Lewisand with a memory by Edmund Blunden - London : Chatto and Windus, 1963. --: --, --.
  • Sanders, Andrew, The short Oxford history of English literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sassoon, Siegfried, Collected poems, 1908-1956Siegfried Sassoon. London: Faber and Faber, 1984.