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LE10104432, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0314, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination RENAISSANCE ENGLISH LITERATURE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website
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

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-LIN/10 English Literature 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 CORONATO ROCCO (Presidente)
9 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 CORONATO ROCCO (Presidente)
1 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 CORONATO ROCCO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the historical and cultural coordinates of the early modern period
Very good knowledge of literary English
Preferred attendance of English Literature courses in the BA course
Target skills and knowledge: 1) Knowledge and Understanding
Students will acquire an advanced, highly specialised knowledge about the early modern period in the English-speaking world. This knowledge will be contextualised thanks to the intertextual comparison with other coeval national literatures, especially the Italian one, and in an interdisciplinary interface with other fields such as the art, culture, philosophy and history of the period across Europe. It will be embedded in a detailed understanding and critique of the major international critical trends of contemporary research, with an emphasis on those particularly vibrant in the UK and the US (New Historicism, cultural studies, network theory, complexity studies).
Students will:
- develop skills in reading and analysing late 16th-17th century texts by resorting to a competent critical jargon and contextualising them in their wider historical-literary context.
- detect linguistic and cultural topics related to the early modern literary text and explaining them in a complex, competent way.
- acquire a higher literary, cultural competence as a means of comprehending English literary texts and describing them

2) Applied knowledge and understanding
Students will learn how to apply their advanced knowledge to textual analysis (close reading). The major ability will be how to contextualise a passage or a whole work within its original cultural context and to trace the intertextual liaisons as a way to create new knowledge and novel procedures of integration between different disciplinary fields.

3) Communicative skills
Thanks to collective discussion in class, the presentation of paper and/or articles, and Q&a sessions, students will learn how to express clear, perspicuous accounts, requests for further clarification, objections, comments, queries, and ultimately offer an autonomous, text-based interpretation in a clear, understandable way and with the manifest description of the sources and knowledge used to reach it.
An application will be made to fund a 5-hour theatrical seminar on one of the primary works, led by a director with expertise in the study and performance of works by Shakespeare.

4) Autonomous Judgements
The transmission of knowledge will enable students to integrate the available information with the complexity of the textual, historical and cultural contexts. Students will be encouraged to make autonomous judgements on the texts of the syllabus starting from the examples explianed in class and the knowledge thereby taught. These autonomous judgements will be formed by way of collecting the textual evidence within the work(s) and the more general interdisciplinary context along the lines of evidence-based scientific argumentation.

5) Self-directed study
Students will also learn how to proceed in their self-directed, autnomous work by way of presenting papers, q&a sessions, office hours, and the activities on Moodle
Examination methods: Attending students will have to actively take part in the discussion throughout the course and carry out the assignments specified on Moodle.
The syllabus is the SAME for both attending/non-attending students.

The final exam is oral (in English) and will cover the whole syllabus. Attending students will first discuss their Moodle activities.
Assessment criteria: Frontal instruction
Classroom activities (Q&A)
Presentation of papers (attending students ONLY)
Online discussion
Activities and assignments on Moodle (attending students ONLY)
Oral exam
Course unit contents: 16th and 17th century English literature, with a special focus on the topic of the epic genre, the bragging soldier, and love.
-Historical and cultural contexts of early modern literature
-The afterlife of early modern literature in contemporary culture (classical/pop music, cinema, tv, art, etc.)

If needed, further changes will be notified during the course

The literary texts are to be bought; please choose the recommended editions.

ALL critical texts, and the selection of primary works, will be available online on the course Moodle
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal instruction
Classroom activities (Q&A)
Moodle assignments (attending students only)
Oral exam
Additional notes about suggested reading: ENGLISH LITERATURE 1 (9CFU)=
E. Spenser, _The Fairie Queene_ (selections)
B. Jonson, _Every Man in His Humour_ (selections)
W. Shakespeare, _Henry IV, Part 1 and 2_
W. Shakespeare, _The Merry Wives of Windsor_
W. Shakespeare, _Troilus and Cressida_
F. Beaumont, _The Knight of the Burning Pestle_

E. Spenser, _The Fairie Queene_ (selections)
B. Jonson, _Every Man in His Humour_ (selections)
W. Shakespeare, _Henry IV, Part 1 and 2_
W. Shakespeare, _Henry V_ (selections)
F. Beaumont, _The Knight of the Burning Pestle_

A 'dispensa' of the critical texts will be available on Moodle.
The selection will be based on:
H. Grady, “Falstaff: Subjectivity between the Carnival and the Aesthetic”, The Modern Language Review, 96:3 (2001), 609-623; M. Davies, “Falstaff’s Lateness: Calvinism and the Protestant Hero in “Henry IV’”, The Review of English Studies, 56:225(2005), 351-378; M. Hattaway (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s History Plays, Cambridge University Press, 2002; P. Lake, _How Shakespeare Put Politics on the stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays”, Oxford University Press, 2000; P. Saccio, _Shakespeare’s English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama_, Oxford University Press, 2000; _Shakespeare’s History Plays: Rethinking Historicism_, Edinburgh University Press, 2012; R. Knowles (ed.), _Shakespeare and carnival: after Bakhtin_, Macmillan Press, 1998; G. Spear, “Shakespeare’s ‘Manly’ Parts: Masculinity and Effeminacy in ‘Troilus and Cressida’”, Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 4 (Winter, 1993), 409-422; E.S. Mallin, “Emulous Factions and the Collapse of Chivalry: ‘Troilus and Cressida’”, Representations 29 (1990), 145-179; P. Boitani (ed.), _The European Tragedy of Troilus_, Clarendon Press, 1989.

Further changes may be added during the course.

Texts must be read in English ONLY. Italian-only editions not accepted.
Annotated editions ONLY (cfr. bibliography), ie. with notes and commentary. Students are warmly discouraged from downloading non-annotated texts from the Internet.

Students must exclusively use the domain for all mails. This account will enable them to have access both to UNIWEB for registering themselves for exams and to MOODLE (by means of which all the information relevant to the course will be published). The University staff, including professors, is NOT legally compelled to answer mails coming from domains other than

“Students must register themselves for exams [by way of UNIWEB] by fully respecting the EXPIRY DATES and MODALITIES set forth by the relevant didactic structures" (REGOLAMENTO DELLE CARRIERE DEGLI STUDENTI, Articolo 22, comma 1).

The so-called APPELLO STRAORDINARIO is strictly reserved for "students 'ripetenti' [who must repeat the year] ... under the condition that it hinder not the normal performance of didactic activities" (Calendario Accademico 2014/2015).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _King Henry IV, Part One_. London: Thomson, 2002. ed. David Scott Kastan. The Arden Shakespeare Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _King Henry IV, Part Two_. London: Thomson, 2016. Ed. James C. Bulman. The Arden Shakespeare Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _Troilus and Cressida_. London: Thomson, 2015. Ed. David Bevington. The Arden Shakespeare Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _The Merry Wives of Windsor_. London: Thomson, 1999. Ed. Giorgio Melchiori. The Arden Shakespeare Cerca nel catalogo
  • F. BEAUMONT, _The Knight of the Burning Pestle_. London: Bloomsbury, 2008. Methuen Drama Cerca nel catalogo
  • ALL the selections from the primary works and ALL the secondary works will be uploaded to Moodle, --. --: --, --.

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