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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
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LE03120322, A.A. 2015/16

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2014/15

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0613, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2015/16
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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 can 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 01/03/2016
End of activities 11/06/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
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: Students will become familiar with the US-American debate on national identity from a historical and theoretical point of view. The analysis of the contemporary discussion on issues related to identity and the nation in the field of American Studies will introduce them to key concepts in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies (gender, race, ethnicity, class, local/global, postnational/transnational/diasporic, etc.)
Examination methods: Final paper of 15-20 pages long 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 historical and critical debate on national identity 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: What Is an American? Debates on US National Identity from the American Revolution to the Obamas

Drawing on diverse material (literature, film, popular culture),we will explore how American identity has been defined, negotiated and challenged through the centuries, focusing on the emergence of founding mythologies (Manifest Destiny, the American Adam, American exceptionalism, the Melting Pot), dynamics of inclusion and exclusion and the claiming of citizenship rights by women, immigrants, African Americans and other minorities. We will also consider how issues of identity have become central in American Studies following the post-1960s decline of the myth of a unified and unifying national identity.
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.
The final program and calendar of meetings will be published on the Moodle site before the course begins. Students not attending classes should contact me at least two months before their exam.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • de Crèvecoeur, Hector St. John, Letters from an American Farmer (Letter 3: "What Is an American?"). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Franklin, Benjamin, Autobiography (parts 1 and 2). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Whitman, Walt, Leaves of Grass (a selection of poems). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Yezierska, Anzia, Salome of the tenements, introduction by Gay Wilentz. Urbana \etc.!: University of Illinois press, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Danticat, Edwidge, Breath, Eyes, Memory. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo