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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
MODERN LANGUAGES FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION
Course unit
CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
LE04122587, A.A. 2016/17

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
MODERN LANGUAGES FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION (Ord. 2016)
IF0314, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scienzeumane/course/view.php?idnumber=2016-IF0314-000ZZ-2016-LE04122587-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 ANNALISA OBOE L-LIN/10

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
LE04122587 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE IN ENGLISH ANNALISA OBOE LE0613

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-LIN/10 English Literature 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st 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 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
8 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
4 1516 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
3 1617 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
1 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 OBOE ANNALISA (Presidente)
BORDIN ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
SCACCHI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Fluent English and good knowledge of the English literary canon.
Interest in the English-speaking world, contemporary cultures, postcolonial critical theory and literature.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will be asked to study some of the most important critical contributions offered by postcolonial thinking and cultural studies criticism; to appropriate in an active way the tools of postcolonial critical theory and criticism; to learn how to apply them to the reading of the primary texts analyzed during the course; to develop the ability to analyze the literary text and produce cultural reflection; to study the cultural and historical contexts related to the primary texts in the syllabus.
Examination methods: Oral exam at the end of the course. The final assessment takes into account individual or group presentations and active participation in class (good class work contributes to the final mark).
Assessment criteria: The students will be tested according to the following:
- appropriation of the tools of postcolonial theory and criticism;
- ability to apply theory to the reading of the primary texts analyzed during the course;
- ability to analyze literary production and produce cultural reflection;
- knowledge of primary texts in the syllabus;
- knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts related to the primary texts.
Course unit contents: The new course title is POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS: THE WORK OF CHRIS ABANI.
The first part of the course offers an introduction to postcolonial critical theory and perspectives from which postcolonial Anglophone literatures and cultures may be profitably approached. It deals with the relationships between the imperial centre and its colonies, it investigates moments of appropriation and subversion of European culture in the post-1945 period, it discusses questions of race and power relationships, and analyses contemporary artistic expressions, in particular literature and cinema, and related to phenomena of hybridisation, diaspora, global migratory flows and the urgent issues of contemporary time in relation to Human Rights.
The second part of the course offers a critical reading of poetic and narrative texts by Anglo-Nigerian author Chris Abani.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, active participation of students in class, oral presentations on agreed topics.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The syllabus focuses on poems and novels by Anglo-Nigerian writer Chris Abani.
A selection of postcolonial theory essays, as well as critical materials concerning primary texts, will be posted on Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Chris Abani, Kalakuta Republic. London: Saqi Books, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chris Abani, GraceLand. London: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chris Abani, Becoming Abigail, a novella. New York: Akashic, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chris Abani, Song for Night, a novella. New York: Akashic books, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chris Abani, The Secret History of Las Vegas. New York: Penguin Books, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo