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LE08104435, A.A. 2015/16

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

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Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0603, 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 ENGLISH LITERATURE 1
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 MARIO MELCHIONDA

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/10 English Literature 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 28/09/2015
End of activities 23/01/2016
Show course schedule 2017/18 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 1415 01/10/2014 30/11/2015 EQUESTRI ALICE (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
1 1516 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 MELCHIONDA MARIO (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Upper intermediate to advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English; working knowledge of the basics of literary theory and terminology; familiarity with the general outlines of twentieth-century British history and English literature.
Target skills and knowledge: Acquisition of methods of reading and techniques of literary analysis, interpretation and translation; familiarization with the historical, cultural, ideological and thematic contexts, as well as with the peculiarities of structure and style, of poetic texts. An improved knowledge of literary theory and of contemporary English poetry against the background of British history, and a refinement of each student’s expository and discursive skills applied to literature, are expected.
Examination methods: Candidates will sit an oral examination in English during the official sessions.
Assessment criteria: In the final examination the students’ achievement of the objectives of the course will be assessed. Their command of the topics dealt with in the classes and in the set books will be graded. Their expository and argumentative skills, along with their personal contribution to the critical discussion of the texts at issue, will also be evaluated.
Course unit contents: English poetry in the twentieth century and after. The classes, which will be held in English, will explore the historical and ideological background of relevant authors and texts, along with the themes and genres, the modes of intertextual dialogue and the canonization techniques employed in the poems, sometimes critically argued in some authors’ literary essays.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of lectures and analytical readings of poems and authorial critical statements from the early twentieth century to the present. The analysis will be based on key concepts such as LITERARY CANON, INTERTEXTUALITY, DIALOGISM AND TEXTUAL POLYPHONY, RHETORICAL, METRICAL AND STYLISTIC STRUCTURE, SYMBOLISM, BACKGROUND AND THEME, IDEOLOGY AND CONTEXT, and so on, which will be introduced, illustrated and used as the occasion requires. Supplementary textual or critical reading matter indicated or suggested in the classes will be referenced or uploaded in the course’s Moodle space (henceforward Moodle). An accurate study of the prescribed chapters of Andrew Sanders’ handbook and of the introductions to periods, movements and authors, along with the very useful appendixes in the Norton Anthology (see “Testi di riferimento” below), is required. A critical perusal of the primary sources and of all other reading matter discussed or indicated in the classes is also required. Students may supplement and diversify their approaches to the course and enhance their understanding of its aims through critical readings that they deem suitable to their cultural inclinations and methods of study, or that have been suggested in the classes (see “Eventuali indicazioni sui materiali di studio” below). The teacher will meet their individual needs providing bibliographical information and instruments for further inquiry.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The following is an introductory reference list aiming to supplement the lectures and enrich the personal study. All books are to be found in the DiSLL library.
Useful to an understanding of 20th-century British social history: John Stevenson, British Society 1914-45. New Ed. “The Penguin Social History of Britain”. Harmondsworth: Penguin 1999; Arthur Marwick, British Society Since 1945. New Ed. “The Penguin Social History of Britain”. Harmondsworth: Penguin 2003.
Norman Davies’ The Isles: A History. London: Papermac 2000 offers a stimulating, idiosyncratic and controversial narrative of the whole history of the ‘North Atlantic Archipelago’. Read at least the Introduction and Ch.10.
Terry Eagleton, Literary Thory. An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell 1983. A classic description of the main 20th-century approaches to literary theory.
On English metre and verse: Derek Attridge, Poetic Rhythm. An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P. 1995. Philip Hobsbaum, Metre, Rhythm and Verse Form. “The New Critical Idiom”. London: Routledge 1996.
The volumes of the “Cambridge Companions” series generally provide first-class, very often up-to-date collections of essays on main authors and some topics or masterpieces. They are here recommended for in-depth study. A summary list will be uploaded in Moodle.
All texts, including the supplementary reading matter uploaded in Moodle, will be indexed in a Reading List that will be filed on the platform before the end of the term.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Andrew Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Manuale di storia letteraria. Studiare 'Introduction' e i capitoli 8-10. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Stephen Greenblatt, Gen. Ed., The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 9th Edition, vol. F: “The Twentieth Century and After”.. New York & London: Norton, 2012. In alternativa, l’edizione maggiore, che comprende anche l’ottocento: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 9th Edition, Vol. II. Cerca nel catalogo