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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
PHILOSOPHY
Course unit
ENGLISH LITERATURE
LE03120721, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
PHILOSOPHY
LE0599, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LITERATURE
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

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Teacher in charge GABRIELE COCCO 000000000000

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
LEL1000434 ENGLISH LITERATURE GABRIELE COCCO LE0598

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Calendar
Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MELCHIONDA MARIO (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Supplente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
9 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MELCHIONDA MARIO (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Supplente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)
1 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 MELCHIONDA MARIO (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Supplente)
OBOE ANNALISA (Supplente)
PETRINA ALESSANDRA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Intermediate skills in English. Knowledge of text analysis and Literary theory.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the main themes and issues related to Anglo-Saxon England. Students will be able to recognize and discuss on literary genres, as well as on the most important cultural and ideological issues of Old English literature.
Examination methods: Oral exam. Primary texts will be essential. Bring your books (any format accepted) and primary texts printed out.
Assessment criteria: Students will argue over the main key terms and issues of Old English literature. They will be able to connect authors and texts to the general discourses treated in class and to the critical material listed in the bibliography section.
Course unit contents: Old English literature and culture provided great intellectual influence in Western medieval Europe. Clerics such as the Venerable Bede or Alcuin of York – as well as some charismatic kinds such as Alfred the Great, Cnut or Edward the Confessor – played a vital role in making Anglo-Saxon England a celebrated beacon of learning.

Once the Anglo-Saxons were converted to Christianity, the wit of Benedictine monasticism blossomed throughout the scriptoria of the many abbeys. Incredible illuminated manuscripts were made to record the might deeds of the heroes from a far-flung Germanic oral culture. At the same time, Old English literature soon established a vivid rewriting of Christian sources with a number of religious and hagiographic texts.

The course will provide an outline of the main cultural and historical events which favoured the rise of Anglo-Saxon England taking into consideration the vivid bond between Benedictine monasticism and secular kingship. The course is divided into tree modules (3 credits each, about 21 hours per module) and it will deal with:


MODULE A – EPIC POETRY
o Beowulf
o Waldere
o Widsið
o The Battle of Finnsburg
o The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (King Alfred’s battles with the Vikings)
o The Battle of Maldon
o The Battle of Brunanburh

MODULE B – CHRISTIAN LITERATURE
o Cædmon’s Hymn and Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica
o Genesis and illuminations in MS. Junius 11
o Judith and Ælfric’s Homily “On Judith”
o The Dream of the Rood and The Ruthwell Cross
o Elene
o Andreas
o The Fates of the Apostles and Cynewulf’s runic signature(s)
o Juliana

MODULO C – GNOMIC LITERAUTRE AND WISDOM POETRY
o Riddles
o Maxims I and Maxims II
o Deor
o Wife’s Lament; Wulf and Eadwacer; Husband’s Message
o The Wanderer
o The Seafarer
o Incantations, spells, magic formulas

There will be many references to modern-day rewritings of archetypical themes of Old English literature such as those in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Audio-visual materials will be used during classes – among them films on Beowulf and parts of the series 'Vikings'.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and texts are all in English. Powerpoint presentations, critical material and handouts will be uploaded on the Moodle plaform.

Lectures will be divided into:
o thematic lectures on different genres,
o text analysis and discussion,
o reading and discussion groups on the essays in the reading list.

According to the number of students, there will be some workshops related to the main themes of the course.

Attendance is highly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All literary texts from the Anglo-Saxon period (read in modern English translation and analysed in class) will be uploaded on the Moodle platform as well as a number of critical essays and teaching material shared during classes. Such material, along with the books in the reading list, will be part and parcel of the final exam.

‘Module a’ is compulsory for all students. Those in need of 6 credits (6 cfu) only can opt for ‘Module b’ or ‘Module c’
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Daniel DONOGHUE, Old English Literature: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • John BLAIR, The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Brief Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Corinne J. SAUNDERS (a cura di), A Companion to Medieval Poetry. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. (solo le pp. 1-161) Cerca nel catalogo