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ENGLISH LITERATURE (Iniziali cognome M-Z)
LEL1000434, A.A. 2019/20

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

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Degree course First cycle degree in
HUMANITIES (Ord. 2018)
LE0598, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track LETTERE MODERNE [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LITERATURE
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 ROBERTA CIMAROSTI 000000000000

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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/10 English Literature 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Prerequisites: Students should have a good command of the English language and be familiar with literary English.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will cover main texts and authors of 16th to mid 17th Century English literature. We'll read texts closely with special focus on poetry and theatre.
We will also read Hamlet and some transformations/adaptations of the play over the centuries.
Examination methods: The final oral exam is in English and will have the form of a conversation based on a close-reading of one or more texts of the programme.
Assessment criteria: Grading will be based on the student's knowledge of the programme as well as on his/her ability to analyse and comment texts as analysed during the course and as listed in the programme. Students will also be assessed on the basis of their ability to contextualise texts by using the critical materials that are mandatory parts of the programme and of their ability of developing their own critical perspective.
Course unit contents: 16th to mid 17th British literature. Historical and social contexts and a survey o main writers and literary movements. The role of politics in literature. the sonnet and its evolution in Italy and in Britain. Elizabethan theatre. Analytic reading of a selection of texts. Hamlet and its readings and re-readings.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons will take place in class and will start with a general survey of themes and motives of early modern British literature. We will then focus on the analytic reading of the texts as listed in the programme. We will particularly focus on close reading also through seminarial activities of reading and comprehension. We'll use Moodle to exchange information on the course and to share additional materials.
Course attendance is highly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Both the classes and the final exam will be in English.
Please check the Moodle page of the course for updating about mandatory and extra class materials, as well as for the course programme.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stephen Greenblatt, The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Volume B: Sixteenth Century & Early. New York: Norton, 2005. I shall upload a full list of authors and texts to be studied on the Moodle page of our course. Cerca nel catalogo
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Oxford: Oxford University Press., 1998. Collana Oxford World Classics Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jason Scott-Warren, Early Modern English Literature. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ernest Jones, Hamlet and Oedipus. New York: Norton, 1976. Il volume può anche essere studiato in traduzione italiana (disponibile in biblioteca) Cerca nel catalogo