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Faculty of Literature and Philosophy
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Course unit
MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE
LEL1000017, A.A. 2011/12

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2011/12

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
LE0613, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2011/12
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE
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 MARIO MELCHIONDA

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
LEL1000017 MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE MARIO MELCHIONDA LE0611
LEL1000017 MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE MARIO MELCHIONDA IF0314
LEN1033051 MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE MARIO MELCHIONDA LE0611
LEN1033051 MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE MARIO MELCHIONDA LE0611
LEM0013324 MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE 2 MARIO MELCHIONDA IF0314
LEM0013324 MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE 2 MARIO MELCHIONDA LE0613

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 05/03/2012
End of activities 16/06/2012
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
5 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
4 1011 01/10/2010 30/11/2011 MELCHIONDA MARIO (Presidente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Membro Effettivo)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
3 1112 01/10/2011 30/11/2012 MELCHIONDA MARIO (Presidente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Membro Effettivo)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
2 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
1 1617 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Advanced skills in oral and written English; critical reading and writing skills applied to narrative texts; working knowledge of twentieth-century literature in English.
Target skills and knowledge:: Classes are held in English. An active participation of the students is welcome. The activities will include lectures, seminars and oral and written reports fostering attitudes to literary discussion and, for students taking 6 credits, the writing of a term paper on a topic related to the course. The expected outcomes, to be graded in the final exam, will consist in the consolidation of the skills mentioned here and under the rubric ‘Prerequisites’.
NB See ‘Other’, below.
Course unit contents: Under the title ‘Englands of the mind’, the course, designed for 1st and 2nd year students (42 hours, e.g. 6 credits), aims to investigate and interpret the presence of individual or recurrent images, ideas and ideological constructs concerning England and Englishness in a number of twentieth-century canonical narrative works.
For 1st year students, an autonomous part of the course (21 hours, 3 credits) will be held in the first semester by Professor Annalisa Oboe. See below, under the rubric ‘Main arguments’ and Professor Oboe’s ‘Contemporary Literatures in English’ syllabus.
Planned learning activities: Part One. ‘Englands of the mind’. Images of England in twentieth-century English fiction. History and memory, places, myths (6 credits). Two groups of narrative works will be discussed, under the following headings: 1) The modern construction of images of Englishness in the Imperial age; 2) Forms of Englishness revisited in the Post-imperial age. A critical reading of four of the novels listed in the Bibliography is required. Students are invited to read the books that best suit their own cultural interests with regard to the ideological, cultural and stylistic features of the novels.

Part Two. First-year students will choose one of the following study areas from Professor Oboe’s ‘Contemporary Literatures in English’ syllabus. Those with at least a smattering of postcolonial studies may feel encouraged to study South African culture; absolute beginners may be more at ease with area a.
a. Introduction to postcolonial theory and to the historical and cultural development of anglophone literatures (3 credits).
b. South Africa from Apartheid to now: it deals with contemporary South African culture through the lens of postcolonial thinking, literature and cinema (3 credits).

Students of Contemporary Literatures in English who take only 3 credits in Modern English literature are required to read critically only three of the novels listed in the Bibliography. Besides, they are exempt from writing the term paper.
Textbooks: E.M.Forster, Howards End (1910), Intr. D.Lodge. Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, --.
D.H.Lawrence, Sons and Lovers (1913), ed. H. and C. Baron. Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, --. Cerca nel catalogo
A.Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926). --: Harper, --. Cerca nel catalogo
V.Woolf, Orlando (1928), ed. B.Lyons, intr. and notes S.M.Gilbert. Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, --. Cerca nel catalogo
V.Woolf, Between the Acts(1941), ed. S.McNichol. Harmondsworth: Penguin Modern Classics., --. Cerca nel catalogo
A.Sillitoe,, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958). --: Flamingo, --. Cerca nel catalogo
J.Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969). --: Vintage, --.
A.S.Byatt, The Virgin in the Garden (1978). --: Vintage, --. Cerca nel catalogo
G.Swift, Waterland (1983). --: Picador, --. Cerca nel catalogo
I.McEwan, Atonement (2001). --: Vintage, --. Cerca nel catalogo
Additional notes about suggested reading:: Further bibliography (handbooks; criticism) is listed under ‘Other’ below.
Teaching methods: Besides introductory lectures, the course will offer seminars and other activities indicated above under the rubric ‘Expected outcomes’. Students will also be encouraged to write and present short essays in class as part of their training for the term paper.
Assessment criteria: An oral exam will assess the proficiency of each student in achieving the objectives of the course. Some skills will be tested in itinere, during the seminars. Each term paper will be assessed and discussed in the making, during the teacher’s office hours; it will be evaluated and graded at the beginning of the exam.
Further information: Ulteriori indicazioni bibliografiche.
Parte 1. Inquadramento generale. Manuale di storia letteraria: A. Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Oxford, Oxford University Press (Introduction; Chs 9-10).
Testi: M.H.Abrams, S.Greenblatt, Gen. Eds, The Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol.II, New York. Norton (testi indicati a lezione).
Critica. È consigliata la consultazione dei seguenti volumi: K.Kumar, The Making of English National Identity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press 2003. John Stevenson, British Society 1914-45, New Ed. “The Penguin Social History of Britain”, Penguin 1999, e A.Marwick, British Society since 1945, New Ed. “The Penguin Social History of Britain”, Penguin 2003. A.Marzola (a c. di), Englishness. Percorsi nella cultura britannica del Novecento, Roma, Carocci 1999. C.Gualtieri, I.Vivan, Dalla Englishness alla Britishness, 1950-2000. Roma, Carocci 2008.
Questa bibliografia è introduttiva (qui e sopra s'intendano per date, ove non diversamente indicato, Londra per luogo di pubblicazione e l'edizione o ristampa corrente). Altre letture (fonti, saggi, opere di sfondo) e ulteriori materiali didattici saranno indicati o distribuiti a lezione.
Per la bibliografia relativa alla parte tenuta dalla Prof. Oboe, si rinvia al programma del corso di Letterature contemporanee in lingua inglese.
Informazioni sull'esame.
I colloqui individuali sugli argomenti trattati e la discussione delle tesine presentate entro i termini che saranno concordati con il Docente avranno luogo alla fine delle attività didattiche, durante la sessione ordinaria degli esami. Chi non può completare la redazione della tesina potrà presentarla e sostenere il colloquio in una sessione successiva. Il colloquio riguardante la parte della Prof. Oboe si svolgerà alla fine delle sue lezioni nel I semestre. Per tutti il voto finale si comporrà delle valutazioni degli interventi seminariali, del colloquio e, se prevista, della tesina presentata.