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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
MODERN PHILOLOGY
Course unit
CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
LE01122587, A.A. 2013/14

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
MODERN PHILOLOGY
LE0611, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2013/14
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Degree course track FILOLOGIA E CRITICA [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
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

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
LE04122587 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH ANNALISA OBOE LE0613

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-LIN/10 English Literature 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2013
End of activities 25/01/2014
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
8 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
7 1213 01/10/2012 30/11/2013 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
6 1415 01/10/2014 30/11/2015 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
5 1314 01/10/2013 30/11/2014 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
4 1516 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
3 1617 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
1 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Interest in the English-speaking world and in contemporary cultures; fluent English; good knowledge of the English literary canon.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will be asked to study some of the most important essays offered by postcolonial thought and cultural studies criticism; to appropriate in an active way the tools of postcolonial theory and criticism; to learn how to apply theory to the reading of the primary texts analyzed during the course; to develop the ability to analyze the postcolonial literary production 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, or submission of a written paper on a previously agreed topic. 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 the cultural and historical contexts related to the primary texts in the syllabus.
Course unit contents: The course offers an introduction to postcolonial theory and a series of critical perspectives from which 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 postcolonial period, it discusses question of race and power relationships, and analyses colonial and contemporary artistic expressions, offered in particular by literature and cinema.
The 2013-14 syllabus is titled "After colonialism and empire: British literature, migration, and global change" and investigates the transformation of English culture from 1948 onwards, focusing in particular on the changes in literature and the arts brought about by immigration from Britain's ex-colonies. In other words, it discusses how Great Britain itself has become postcolonial.
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, plays and novels by the following authors: Hanif Kureishi,Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jean Binta Breeze, Caryl Phillips, Jackie Kay, Chris Abani, and Xiaolu Guo.
A selection of postcolonial theory essays, as well as critical materials concerning primary texts, will be posted on the web.
Reference works:
Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin, Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies (1998)
Baker, Diawara, Lindeborg (eds) Black British Cultural Studies: a reader (1996)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hanif Kureishi, The Black Album. London: Faber, 1995. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson, Tings an Times. Selected Poems. Newcastle: Bloodaxe Books, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chris Abani, Becoming Abigail: A Novella. Brooklyn, NY: Akashic Books, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jackie Kay, The Lamplighter. Highgreen, Tarset: Bloodaxe Books, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Caryl Phillips, A Distant Shore. London: Vintage, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. London: Vintage, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Oboe & F. Giommi (a cura di), Black Arts in Britain: literary visual performative. Roma: Aracne, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo