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ENGLISH LITERATURE 2 (Iniziali cognome A-L)
SUP6074661, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SU2294, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH LITERATURE 2
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 ALESSANDRA PETRINA L-LIN/10

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

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: A good knowledge of modern English is required; familiarity with literary English is also desirable.
Target skills and knowledge: These classes are meant to give students a first knowledge of the main authors and texts of English literature between the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, through the practice of reading and analyzing a selection of texts, with special reference to poems and plays.
Besides, by using William Shakespeare's Hamlet as a case study, we shall analyse the transofrmations in the text reception over the centuries.
Examination methods: The exam will be an oral interview and will take place in English. It will last approximately twenty-five minutes. First the student will be asked to choose a topic (a text among those studied in class, or a topic concerning more than one text, or an author, or a critical perspective); subsequently, the lecturer will ask the student to read and analyse a passage of Millde English poetry or prose included in the syllabus; from this, there will be a short discussion on the topics and themes studied during this course.
Assessment criteria: Assessment will be based on the candidate's knowledge of the texts and topics included in the syllabus, as well as on his/her competence in analysing and discussing the texts analysed in class and inserted in the bibliography. The student shall also demonstrate his/her ability to take into account critical interpretations of the texts and contexts on the basis of the critical literature suggested. The student's logic and argumentative abilities shall be assessed, together with his/her ability to form an independent critical judgement.
Course unit contents: English literary history from the early sixteenth to the first half of the seventeenth century. Analysis of the historical and social context, with a survey of the main authors and literary trends. The role of politics in literary production. The sonnet and its evolution from Italy to England. Elizabethan theatre and its forms. An analysis of a choice of texts from the Henrician, Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.
Hamlet, its readings and re-readings.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures are given in English, and will start from a general overview of early modern English literature to focus then on the texts listed in the syllabus. Special attention will be paid to text analysis, and students will be invited to participate actively with reading and comprehension workshops. The Moodle platform shall be used to update students on the class activities, and also to provide them with audio-visual and critical material that will complement what is present in the bibliography. Attendance is warmly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The classes and the exam will be in English. Please consult my webpage, and my Moodle platform, for extra texts and critical studies (compulsory for the exam). On the same platform I will upload the bibliography for this course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stephen Greenblatt, The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Volume B: Sixteenth Century & Early Seventeenth Century. New York: Norton, 2005. I shall upload a full list of authors and texts to be studied on my Moodle platform Cerca nel catalogo
  • Shakespeare, William; Hibbard, George Richard, Hamlet. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Collana Oxford World Classics Cerca nel catalogo
  • Scott-Warren, Jason, Early Modern English Literature. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Schmitt, Carl, Hamlet oder Hekuba. Der Einbruch der Zeit in das Spiel. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 2008. Il volume può essere studiato nell'originale, tedesco, in traduzione italiana o in traduzione inglese Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jones, Ernest, Hamlet and Oedipus. New York: Norton, 1976. Il volume può anche essere studiato in traduzione italiana (disponibile in biblioteca) Cerca nel catalogo