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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Course unit
MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE
LEL1000017, A.A. 2016/17

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES (Ord. 2016)
LE0613, 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 MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scienzeumane/course/view.php?idnumber=2016-LE0613-000ZZ-2016-LEL1000017-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT 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 Maria Maddalena Parlati L-LIN/10

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
LEN1033051 MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE Maria Maddalena Parlati IF0314

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses 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.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
2 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
1 1617 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Advanced linguistic skills and thorough knowledge of modes, trends, periods of the history of British and Anglophone culture and literature
Target skills and knowledge: Our students will be able to relate upon the core themes and questions the module will focus upon and will prove their skills in reading, connecting and commenting upon the primary and secondary works provided.
Examination methods: Oral exam
Assessment criteria: Our students will be proficient and thoroughly informed on the historical, cultural and literary issues related to the period under scrutiny. They will demonstrate their skills in reading and adopting the critical materials suggested.
Course unit contents: Crossroads. Literature, Science and the Empire in the Nineteenth Century

We shall analyze the interactions and crossings between scientific and literary discourses in Britain (but with an eye to a wider European and global panorama) in the long nineteenth century. We shall follow the 'birth' of many 'human' and 'hard' sciences of the time and their transformation into institutional, though vibrant, apparatuses: archaeology, paleontology, geology, biology leave an indelible, ponderous trace upon 'Western culture' as a whole. We shall follow these histories and the modes and means by which literary, visual, artistic practices distribute scientific 'information', question premisses and results of scientific inquiry, vividly interact with the 'discoveries', inventions, systems proposed and imposed by growingly professionalized branches of knowledge. We shall read some of the authors that respond to and variously debate with such new modalities of thought and action, and read texts such as Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and late Victorian novels by Thomas Hardy (Two on a Tower) and two very famous 'scientific romances' by H.G. Wells.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, powerpoint presentations, workshops, group readings of critical essays, oral presentations
Additional notes about suggested reading: 9 CFU
Primary works
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, 1818 (possibly an 1818 edition, or one which keeps tracks of the variations between the 1818 and the 1831 edition)
Thomas Hardy, Two on a Tower, 1882 (any edition, but not reduced)
H.G. Wells, The Island of Dr Moreau, 1896 (any edition, but not reduced)
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1898 (any edition, but not reduced)



Secondary Reading List
Selected sections from the following (more details will be offered at the beginning of the module):


Beer, G., Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983, Introduction, pp. 3-26.

Buckland, A., Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2013, Introduction and chapter 3, pp. 1-27, 95-130.

Glendening, J., The Evolutionary Imagination in Late-Victorian Novels, Aldershot: Ashgate,
2007 (downloadable from UNIPD computers or via proxy server), Prologue, Introduction, pp. 1-37

Gold, Barry J., Thermopoetics. Energy in Victorian Literature and Science, Cambridge, Ma, MIT Press, 2010, Prologue, Introduction, pp. 1-31

Zimmerman, V., Excavating Victorians, Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2009, Introduction and chapter 2, pp. 1-64Further selected essays will be provided on moodle (and will be available at the Centro Copie, Palazzo Maldura) at the beginning of the semester. There are two specific essays dedicated to each of the four novels.

6 CFU
Same program, but students will choose three novels out of the four listed, and the relative critical materials. Barry Gold's book is not mandatory for these students (but it stays highly recommended reading)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Shelley, Mary; Hunter, J. Paul, Frankensteinthe 1818 text edited by J. Paul Hunter. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hardy, Thomas, Two on a towerThomas Hardyintrod. by F. B. Pinion. London: Macmillan, 1975. questa è l'edizione presente in biblioteca, ma riferirsi a quanto indicato nel programma Cerca nel catalogo
  • Wells, H. G., <<The >>war of the worldsH. G. Wells. London: New York, Penguin Books, 2006. questa è l'edizione presente in biblioteca, ma riferirsi a quanto indicato nel programma Cerca nel catalogo
  • Wells, H. G., <<The >>Island of doctor MoreauH. G. Wells. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1946. questa è l'edizione presente in biblioteca, ma riferirsi a quanto indicato nel programma Cerca nel catalogo
  • Beer, Gillian, Darwin's plotsevolutionary narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and nineteenth century fictionGillian Beer. London (etc.): Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Buckland, A., Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. parti scelte Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zimmerman, V., Excavating Victorians. New York: SUNY, 2009. parti scelte Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. Glendening, The Evolutionary Imagination in Late-Victorian Novels. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. parti scelte Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gold, Barry J.,, Thermopoetics. Energy in Victorian Literature and Science. Cambridge, Ma: MIT Press, 2010. parti scelte/selected parts Cerca nel catalogo