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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE03120322, A.A. 2014/15

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2013/14

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0613, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2014/15
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE 2
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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

Teacher in charge ANNA SCACCHI L-LIN/11

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/11 Anglo-American Languages and Literature 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2015
End of activities 12/06/2015
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 1314 01/10/2013 30/11/2014 SCACCHI ANNA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
DE BIASIO ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
BORDIN ELISA (Supplente)
7 1415 01/10/2014 30/11/2015 SCACCHI ANNA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
DE BIASIO ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
BORDIN ELISA (Supplente)
5 1516 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 SCACCHI ANNA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
DE BIASIO ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
BORDIN ELISA (Supplente)
4 1617 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 SCACCHI ANNA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
DE BIASIO ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
BORDIN ELISA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with basic facts of US history, culture and literature and have an advanced knowledge of English
Target skills and knowledge: You will become familiar with the most important theorists in the current debate on representation and will be introduced to Visual Culture Studies, with a special focus on race. We will rely on these skills to examine the representation of blackness in US culture and in the Black diaspora in the Americas. You will develop a critical awareness of the notions of representation/self-representation/reality through a survey of the historical transformations of blackness in fiction, films and popular culture
Examination methods: Final paper, about 15 pages long, for each module and discussion of the paper. The student can opt for an oral exam, which is mandatory if you have not attended classes. Active participation in class discussions.
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated according to her acquired competence in the most relevant aspects of the critical debate and her ability to apply it in original readings of the assigned texts. Evaluation will be based on
attendance and active participation to class discussions: 25%
paper: 50%
oral discussion of paper: 25%
Course unit contents: Representing Blackness in the US and the Black Diaspora: Literature, the Arts, Popular Culture
Race, according to most contemporary critical race theorists, is not a biological fact but rather a symbolic category which is constantly contructed, deconstructed and reconstructed via discursive practices. After a preliminary introduction to the current debate on the relation between reality and representation and to the interpretive methodologies employed by Visual Culture Studies, this course will explore the multiple meanings of blackness produced by the history of the Black Diaspora in the Americas. We will examine an array of texts (novels and short stories, films, graphic novels, popular culture), organized so as to illuminate a number of conceptual and thematic knots (gender, racial stereotypes, adoption/subversion of stereotypes, representations of black heroism), as a way to achieve a critical understanding of narrations and counternarrations of black identity.

First module (prof. Oboe's students can take this part of the course, 3 credits):
What is representation?
Visual Culture and Blackness
Representing black manhood: Touissant L'Ouverture,Nat Turner
Representing black womanhood: mammies, wenches, she-devils

Second module:
Internalizing Stereotypes: Black is ugly
Resisting Stereotypes: Uplifting the Race and the Culture of Dissemblance
Appropriating/Subverting Stereotypes
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classes will be delivered both as lectures and seminars. Students' participation in discussions and through brief oral presentation will be encouraged. Because of the multidisciplinary focus of the topics explored and its methodological approach, the course will often rely on films and other audio visual material and, whenever possible, will host guest lecturers.
Additional notes about suggested reading: You will find all assigned readings in our library or on my homepage but copies of the novels, if in print, should be bought.
I will hand out xeroxes and suggest further readings in class. Students not attending should contact me at least two months before their exam.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Butler, Octavia, Kindred. --: Beacon Press, 2003. primo modulo Cerca nel catalogo
  • Melville, Herman, Benito Cereno, in Melville's Short Novels. --: Norton Critical Editions, 2001. primo modulo Cerca nel catalogo
  • Baker, Kyle, Nat Turner. --: Abrams, 2008. primo modulo Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God. --: Virago, 1986. secondo modulo Cerca nel catalogo
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher, Uncle Tom's Cabin. --: Norton Critical Editions, 1994. secondo modulo Cerca nel catalogo