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LE03120642, A.A. 2014/15

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Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0603, 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 1
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 ELISA BORDIN L-LIN/10

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

Course unit organization
Period First 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 01/10/2014
End of activities 24/01/2015
Show course schedule 2017/18 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 1314 01/10/2013 30/11/2014 DE BIASIO ANNA (Presidente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
7 1415 01/10/2014 30/11/2015 BORDIN ELISA (Presidente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
DE BIASIO ANNA (Supplente)
6 1516 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 DE BIASIO ANNA (Presidente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
5 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 SCACCHI ANNA (Presidente)
DE BIASIO ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Membro Effettivo)
3 1617 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 DE BIASIO ANNA (Presidente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: English Literature I
Target skills and knowledge: Introduction to the literature of the United States, with specific reference to the construction of the nation and the ideas of movement and of the West
Examination methods: Final oral exam
Assessment criteria: Command of the contents of the course and its critical tools; appropriate textual analysis skills; independent critical interpretation
Course unit contents: The American West as Symbol and Myth
The course aims at introducing students to American literature and culture. It will analyze some examples of American literature and cinema focusing on concepts such as the frontier and the West. These two ideas are considered as rhetorical constructions and projections, which have created the national mythology of movement and expansion.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and class debate
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students who cannot come to class have to study the additional texts:

Washington Irving. “Rip Van Winkle.”
Herman Melville. Moby Dick (the whole book)
Giorgio Mariani. Leggere Melville. Roma: Carocci. Chapters 1; 3.
Donatella Izzo. “Dalla storiografia al mito, dal mito alla storia: William Bradford e Of Plimmoth Plantation.” La letteratura Americana dell’età coloniale, a cura di Paola Cabibbo.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • John Smith, A Description of New England. --: --, --. Extracts Cerca nel catalogo
  • Terrence Malick, The New World. --: --, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation. --: --, --. Extracts from Chapters 4 and 9
  • John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity. --: --, --. "The Reason Hereof", Part III
  • St. John de Crèvecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer. --: --, --. "What is an American?" Cerca nel catalogo
  • John O'Sullivan, The Great Nation of Futurity. --: --, --.
  • Henry David Thoreau, Walden (extracts); Walking. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Walt Whitman, "The Song of the Open Road". --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Frederic Jackson Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in American History. --: --, --. Extracts
  • Herman Melville, Moby DIck. --: --, --. Chapter 42, "The Whiteness of the Whale" Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian. --: --, --. Students can read the book in Italian and study chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, and 15 in English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sherman Alexie, "My Heroes Have Never Been Cowboys". --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves. --: --, 1990. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained. --: --, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Richard Slotkin, "Myth and the Production of History". --: --, --. In Ideology and Classic American Literature, by Sacvan Bercovitch and Myra Jehlen Cerca nel catalogo
  • Alessandro Portelli, "The Sky's the Limit". --: --, --. In Acoma Cerca nel catalogo
  • Leslie Fiedler, Il ritorno del Pellerossa. Mito e letteratura in America.. --: --, --. Capitoli: "I miti e i punti cardinali"; "Un mondo senza un West" Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giorgio Mariani, "La frontiera americana tra storia e mito". --: --, --. In La letteratura americana dell'età coloniale, a cura di Paola Cabibbo Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bruno Cartosio, "La tesi della frontiera tra mito e storia". --: --, --. In Le frontiere del Far West. Forme di rappresentazione del grande mito americano, a cura di Stefano Rosso Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chistopher Columbus, Journal of the First Voyage to America, 1492-1493. --: --, --. Entry of October 21, 1492