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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE03120642, A.A. 2016/17

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0603, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE 1
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website
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 DE BIASIO

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 27/09/2016
End of activities 20/01/2017
Show course schedule 2017/18 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
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: Very good knowledge of the English language.
Target skills and knowledge: Mastery of core knowledge in the field of US literature, history and culture from the beginning to the present day.
Examination methods: Oral examination.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the accuracy of the student's competence and of her capacity for critical analysis on the basis of overview questions about the course content and the primary as well as the secondary sources; evaluation of the student's capacity to comment on specific passages of the texts (including the films listed in the syllabus).
Course unit contents: Roads of America

The United States originate in a series of migrations and more than other modern countries have transformed the movement of individuals across space into a real – sometimes cliché – national mythology. From the Atlantic crossing of the Pilgrim Fathers to Huck and Jim’s rafting on the Mississippi, from the on-the-road peregrinations of the Joad family and the Beats to the recent wilderness adventure of Into the Wild, the travel theme has been at the core of US history and literary culture, without showing signs of exhaustion. In the course we will explore classic and less known travel narratives, on the one hand discussing their suitability to define myths, themes, and values that are central to the national identity, on the other hand reflecting on the role played by factors such as religion, class, gender, and race (but also technology) both in the individual’s lived experience and in the cultural representations.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures. Analysis of literary and visual texts. Possibility of class presentations.

Students are highly recommended to attend class regularly and are encouraged to actively participate in the class.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the syllabus texts are available either in the libraries of the University of Padua or on the web.

Students are expected to carry the syllabus materials (primary sources) on the day of the exam.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • William Bradford, "Of Plimoth Plantation" (1630-1647); Capitoli 1, 4, 9, 11, 12 (testo a fronte). Roma: Aracne, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Margaret Fuller, "Summer on the Lakes, in 1843" (1844; capitolo 3. --: qualsiasi edizione, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Emily Dickinson, poesia n° 175, 254, 425, 1628, 1705 (1860-1886). --: qualsiasi edizione, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1884). --: qualsiasi edizione, --. tutto il romanzo in italiano e in particolare, in inglese, i capitoli 1, 4, 7-8, 14-15, 31, 42 Cerca nel catalogo
  • James Baldwin,, “Stranger in the Village” (1955). --: qualsiasi edizione, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jack Kerouac, "On the Road" (1957), capitoli 1, 6-7 (Prima parte). --: qualsiasi edizione, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jon Krakauer, “Death of an Innocent: How Christopher McCandless Lost his Way in the Wilds” (1993). --: qualsiasi edizione, --.
  • John Ford (dir.), "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ridley Scott (dir.), "Thelma and Louise" (1991). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sean Penn (dir.), "Into the Wild" (2007). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jean-Marc Vallée (dir.), "Wild" (2014). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Maffi, C. Scarpino, C. Schiavini, S. M. Zangari, "Americana. Storie e culture degli Stati Uniti dalla A alla Z". Milano: Il Saggiatore, 2012. Voci: Adamo americano, Covenant, Enicità, Frontiera, Furori, Grande Depressione, Guerra civile, Guerre indiane Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Maffi, C. Scarpino, C. Schiavini, S. M. Zangari, "Americana. Storie e culture degli Stati Uniti dalla A alla Z". Milano: Il Saggiatore, 2012. Voci: Jim Crow, Nuovo mondo, Rivoluzione americana, Route 66 e Highway 61, Seneca Falls, Wasp, Wilderness Cerca nel catalogo