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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Course unit
ENGLISH LITERATURE 3
LEM0013486, A.A. 2016/17

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
LE0603, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LITERATURE 3
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scienzeumane/course/view.php?idnumber=2016-LE0603-000ZZ-2014-LEM0013486-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ROCCO CORONATO L-LIN/10
Other lecturers ALESSANDRA PETRINA L-LIN/10
Maria Maddalena Parlati L-LIN/10

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Calendar
Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 09/06/2017
Show course schedule 2017/18 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 CORONATO ROCCO (Presidente)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Membro Effettivo)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
9 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 CORONATO ROCCO (Presidente)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Membro Effettivo)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
4 1516 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 ADAMI VALENTINA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
3 1617 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 CORONATO ROCCO (Presidente)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Membro Effettivo)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
1 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 CORONATO ROCCO (Presidente)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Membro Effettivo)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Prerequisites of the course are: good knowledge of English, of literary terminology, and of English cultural history.
Students are asked to complete the English Literature 1 and 2 exams before taking English Literature 3.
Target skills and knowledge: The course has the following aims:
- appropriation of reading strategies that are useful in order to analyze literary texts;
- development of skills related to literary and cultural discussion;
- further study of the historical and cultural contexts of English literature
Examination methods: The oral exam at the end of the course will also include an assessment of the students' class activities. Students will be required to sit ALL the three exams (ie. the three parts of the programme) on a single session, which will be followed by one final mark resting on the reasoned average of the three parts. It is NOT possible to "split" the exam among different sessions.
Assessment criteria: The oral exam tests the overall competence and skills acquired during the course as regards texts and contexts:
- knowledge of the relevant historical, social, ideological, religious and political contexts and main authors;
- appropriation of analytical tools in order to study literary texts;
- in-depth analysis of literary texts;
- skills needed for literary and cultural discussion.
Course unit contents: The course focuses on monsters and imagination in English literature. It will deal with the monstrous as an articulated notion that deeply strikes the English literary imagination and gradually becomes a way to conceive imagination itself.
The course will consist of three privileged concentrations on the founding chapters of this history, each assigned to a different specialist though resting on the template of a commonly shared scientific and didactic project: Prof. Alessandra Petrina (the Middle Ages), prof. Coronato (16th and 17th centuries), Prof. Parlati (19th century).
The literary texts will be put in comparison with the historical and cultural contexts of these periods.

The course includes three modules:

1. "Here be Monsters: Medieval Visions"
We shall analyse a number of instances of the monstrous in medieval English literature, taking into account two aspects: the impact with the unknown and the attempt to interpret it in a culture dominated by religious syncretism. The texts analysed, ranging from the monsters in Beowulf to the king of Fairies in Sir Orfeo, will allow us to gauge the multicultural reading of reality on the part of the medieval writer and reader.

2. "Early Modern Monsters and Demonstration"
the course will cover the monstrous as an interpretive category both in travel accounts and in the description of sexual mores, hierarchies, inversions. The section will focus on Elizabethan and Jacobean prose works (travel accounts, pamphlets, etc.) and on the analysis of _A Midsummer Night's Dream_ by W. Shakespeare and _Epicoene_ by B. Jonson.

3. "Moulding Bodies, Making Monsters"

This section will attempt readings of two canonical texts of the
nineteenth century, both dealing with the making and moulding of (dead or living) bodies. We shall work on the very status of monstrous, deviant corporeality and the ways in which it interacts and intercepts technological innovations and the numerous paradigm shifts the century witnessed; we shall work on Mary Shelley's complex revision of promethean myths of creation and scientific invention and later move to investigate the late-Victorian contexts which were powerfully marked by H. G. Wells's scientific romances.

The bonding of the different parts of the course will be assured by its common basis and by chosen moments of shared teaching.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, active participation of students in class, students' oral presentations on agreed topics.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Primary texts:

Selections from The Broadview Anthology of British Literature. Volume 1: _The Medieval Period_.
W. SHAKESPEARE. _A Midsummer Night's Dream_
B. JONSON, _Epicoene or the Silent Woman_
M. SHELLEY, _Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus_
H.G: WELLS, _The Island of Doctor Moreau_

REFERENCE WORKS:
Selected chapters from

_Monster Theory: Reading Culture_, ed. J.J. Cohen, University of Minnesota Press, 1996
G. Tiffany, _Erotic Beasts and Social Monsters: Shakespeare, Jonson and Comic Androgyny_, 1995.
_Wonders, Marvels, and Monsters in Early Modern Culture_, ed. P.G. Platt, 1999.
M. Thornton Burnett, _Constructing Monsters in Shakespearean Drama and Early Modern Culture_, 2002.
David Punter, _Gothic Pathologies. The Text, the Body and the Law_,
Palgrave, 1998
K. Hurley, _The Gothic Body. Sexuality, Materialism and Degeneration_,
Cambridge University Press, 2004
Julian Wolfreys, _Victorian Hauntings. Spectrality, Gothic, the Uncanny
and Literature_, Palgrave, 2001

A selection of other primary texts and the anthology of all secondary texts (ie. articles and chapters, not secondary in terms of relevance) will be available on Moodle for download and at the Centro Copie, Palazzo Maldura.

Further changes may be announced during the course.

Old English texts will be read in a modern translation, while for Middle English we will take the plunge into the original language.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • --, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature. Volume 1: _The Medieval Period_.. --: Shakespeare Broadview Press, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _A Midsummer Night's Dream_. --: The Arden Shakespeare, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • B. JONSON, _Epicoene or the Silent Woman_. --: The New Mermaids, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. SHELLEY, _Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus_, 1818 [The Annotated Frankenstein_]. --: Harvard UP, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • H. G. WELLS, _The Island of Dr Moreau_. --: (various editions), --. Cerca nel catalogo