First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
degree courses
Single cycle
degree courses
School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LEM0013486, A.A. 2017/18

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. 2017/18
bring this page
with you
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
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 ROCCO CORONATO 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 of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 1617 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 CORONATO ROCCO (Presidente)
1 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 CORONATO ROCCO (Presidente)

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 and Moodle activities.
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 "Sex, Seduction, and the Word in English Literature, 16th-18th centuries". Starting with the famous seduction scenes featuring Shakespeare's Richard III and Milton's Satan, the course will analyse some relevant works of this period to see the varied articulation of the topic. The theme of seduction will thus be studied in all its multifaceted manifestations throughout the ages: seduction as an exercise of rhetoric enlisted to serve the power of man (Richard III) or of knowledge (Satan); as the expression of satire during the emergence of the bourgeoisie and a vindication of the sexual differences (Wycherley); as an occasionally violent manifestation of male, patriarchal power (Richardson and Pope); and the satirical reversal of roles between man and woman (Sterne and Fielding). Together with showing the varying conceptions of man/woman relationship throughout these periods, the scene of seduction also displays the union between body and word within the different mainstream discourses on sexuality and the writers' appropriation of them.
The study of this theme will first rest on the canonical models of seduction represented by Shakespeare's Richard III and Milton's Satan, and then on the scenes of seduction in satirical tradition (17th century: Wycherley; 18th century: Swift, Pope, Richardson, Sterne, Fielding).
The literary texts will be put in comparison with the historical and cultural contexts of these periods.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, students' active participation in class and on Moodle, students' oral presentations on agreed topics.
Additional notes about suggested reading: § PRIMARY TEXTS

- excerpts from W. SHAKESPEARE, _Richard III_; J. MILTON, _Paradise Lost_; S. RICHARDSON, _Clarissa_; H. FIELDING, _Joseph Andrews_ (the excerpts will be uploaded to Moodle and included in the Dispensa available at the Centro Copie)

- to be read in full:
W. WYCHERLEY, _The Country Wife_
A. POPE, _The Rape of the Lock_
L. STERNE, _A Sentimental Journey_

Further changes may be announced during the course.

All secondary works (articles, chapters, etc.), which also make up the syllabus, will be uploaded to Moodle. By the end of the course, this Dispensa will be also available at the Centro Copie, Palazzo Maldura.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _Richard III_ (excerpts included in the Dispensa). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. MILTON, _Paradise Lost_ (excerpts included in the Dispensa). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • S. RICHARDSON, _Clarissa_ (excerpts included in the Dispensa). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • H. FIELDING, _Joseph Andrews_ (excerpts included in the Dispensa). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. WYCHERLEY, _The Country Wife_. --: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014. ed. J. Ogden Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. POPE, _The Rape of the Lock_. --: Vintage Classics, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • L. STERNE, _A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy_. --: Penguin Classics, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Selection of secondary works (included in the Dispensa), The Dispensa will be both downloadable from Moodle and available at the Centro Copie, Palazzo Maldura. --: --, --.