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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE02104370, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SU2294, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English, Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Teacher in charge ANNA SCACCHI L-LIN/11

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/11 Anglo-American Languages and Literature 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd 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
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 SCACCHI ANNA (Presidente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Membro Effettivo)
1 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 SCACCHI ANNA (Presidente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read and discuss primary and secondary sources in English.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will become familiar with the most important themes and historical events in the cultural life of the US, from the colonial era to the end of the nineteenth century. They will acquire a good level of competence in the analysis of literary texts and they will be able to connect them to their historical context.
Examination methods: Oral exam in English.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will be based on the student's ability to critically discuss crucial aspects of US culture and to master the most important developments of its literary history between the 17th and the 19th century. Students should also be able to analyze texts from multiple points of view (form, meaning, context), referring to the critical essays included in the reading list.
Course unit contents: "American Myths: Founding Narratives of the United States"

We will investigate some of the founding national myths of the US, such as Manifest Destiny, American Dream, New Beginning, etc. Our critical analysis of these foundational narratives will be based on key texts, ranging from political speeches to autobiografical writings and fiction and poetry. We will reflect on the construction of US national identity from the American Revolution to the great immigratory waves of the late nineteenth century, and the revisions/expansions of the notion of who/what is an American citizen triggered by the claims for citizenship on the part of new subject (women, African Americans, migrants)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching will be mostly based on lectures, but you will be encouraged to participate in the critical reading of the texts, which means that you should come to class having read them, at least partially.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Much of the reading material will be available for downloading on my Moodle page, where you will also find the definitive program and course schedule when classes begin.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Crevecoeur, Michel Guillaume Jean de,, Letters from an American farmer (letter 3: "What Is an American?").. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Franklin, Benjamin,, Autobiography (parts 1 and 2).. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel, “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” (1832). Norton Anthology of American Literature 1. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Melville, Herman, "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (1853). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, "The Yellow Wallpaper" (1892). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Douglass, Frederick, Narrative of the Life of F. Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845). --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bertens, Hans; D'Haen, Theo, American literature: a history. London: New York, Routledge, 2014. (Part One, pp. 1-137) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Paul, Heike, <<The>> myths that made Americaan introduction to American studies. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2014. chapters 3 and 5 Cerca nel catalogo