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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Course unit
CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
LE04122587, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
LE0613, 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 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT 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 ANNALISA OBOE L-LIN/10

Mutuated
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
LE01122587 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH ANNALISA OBOE IF0314
LE01122587 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH ANNALISA OBOE LE0611
LEM0016604 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH 2 ANNALISA OBOE LE0613
SUP6076643 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH B 2 ANNALISA OBOE LE0613

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 1st 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

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.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will be asked to study some of the most important critical contributions offered by postcolonial thinking and cultural studies criticism; to appropriate in an active way the tools of postcolonial critical theory and criticism; to learn how to apply them to the reading of the primary texts analyzed during the course; to develop the ability to analyze the literary text and produce cultural reflection; to study the cultural and historical contexts related to the primary texts in the syllabus.
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).
Assessment criteria: The students will be tested according to the following:
- appropriation of the tools of postcolonial theory and criticism;
- ability to apply theory to the reading of the primary texts analyzed during the course;
- ability to analyze literary production and produce cultural reflection;
- knowledge of primary texts in the syllabus;
- knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts related to the primary texts.
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, active participation of students in class, oral presentations on agreed topics.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The syllabus focuses on poems and novels that offer important reflections on the question of Human Rights.
A selection of postcolonial theory essays, as well as critical materials concerning primary texts, will be posted on Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)