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Course unit
ENGLISH LITERATURE 2 (Iniziali cognome A-L)
SUP6074661, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SU2294, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LITERATURE 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
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 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 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 1819 - Coronato 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Presidente)
CIMAROSTI ROBERTA (Membro Effettivo)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
3 1819 - Cimarosti 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 CIMAROSTI ROBERTA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
2 1718 - Parlati 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 PARLATI MARIA MADDALENA (Presidente)
CIMAROSTI ROBERTA (Membro Effettivo)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
1 1718 - Cimarosti 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 CIMAROSTI ROBERTA (Presidente)
CORONATO ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)

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 aims to develop the following intermediate knowledge and skills:
- 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

§ Knowledge and understanding. The course will enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding related to the act of reading, analysing and interpreting complex literary texts in the light of the most innovative directions of contemporary criticism.
§ Applying knowledge and understanding. Students will learn to apply this knowledge to the expert reading of complex texts and to base their interpretive arguments on textual evidence embedded in the cultural context of the works.
§ Making judgements. They will also learn to select, collect and interpret the data along the lines of the evidence-based approach, and to make autonomous judgements that take into account the literary, cultural and social complexity of those texts.
§ Communication skills. Thanks to q&a sessions and public presentations in class, students will learn to communicate successfully the available information in a perspicuous, comprehensible way, also for the benefit on a non-specialist audience.
§ Learning skills. They will develop learning skills that, starting from the selected texts, integrate the already active study of English literature and together autonomously develop the learning skills that are needed for the completion of their studies.
Examination methods: At the end of the course students can take a written exam, which, if passed, will be followed by an oral exam. The written exam will be administered only once. Students who do not pass or take the written exam will regularly take the oral exam during all the following sessions. The programme is one and only for all students.
Assessment criteria: The 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 title of the course is "Sympathy for the Villain". It will focus
on the figure of the villain, from the devil down, that often appears in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance and gradually ascends to the role of central character in much Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. The course will analyse the historical and cultural coordinates of this phenomenon, its Biblical, theological and folkloric roots and its literary appropriations, with an emphasis on its importance in Shakespeare.
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: the Bible, English medieval drama, _Paradise Lost_
(the excerpts will be uploaded to Moodle)

- to be read in full:
C. MARLOWE, _Doctor Faustus_
T. MIDDLETON-W. ROWLEY; _The Changeling_

Further changes may be announced during the course.


R. Coronato, _Leggere Shakespeare_, Rome, Carocci, 2017.
A. Sanders, _The Short Oxford History of English Literature_

W. Hamlin, "Casting Doubt in _Dr Faustus_", _Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900_ 41:2(2001), pp. 257-75.
Maurice Hunt, "Ordering Disorder in _Richard III_", _South Central Review_ 6:4 (Winter, 1989), pp. 11-29.
Bryan Adams Hampton, "Purgation, exorcism, and the civilizing process in Macbeth", _Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900_ 51:2 (2011), pp. 327-347.
Sara Eaton, "Beatrice-Joanna and the Rhetoric of Love in "The Changeling_", _Theatre Journal_ 36:3(1984), pp. 371-382.

The articles and the selection from A. Sanders, _History, will be uploaded to Moodle.
A hard copy of this anthology of primary and secondary texts will be also available at the Centro Copie, Palazzo Maldura at the end of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. MARLOWE, _Doctor Faustus_. London: Methuen, 2009. Ed. Roma Gill. The New Mermaids. Methuen Drama Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _Richard III_. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. Ed. James Siemon. The Arden Shakespeare Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _Macbeth_. London: Bloomsbury, 2015. eds. S. Clark and P. Mason. The Arden Shakespeare Cerca nel catalogo
  • T. MIDDLETON - W. ROWLEY, _The Changeling_. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998. Revels Student Editions Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. CORONATO, _Leggere Shakespeare_. Rome: Carocci, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Concept maps
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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