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LE10104432, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0611, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
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Course unit English denomination RENAISSANCE ENGLISH LITERATURE
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
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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 First 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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 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)

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: The tile of the course is "Alive in the Superunknown (Soundgarden). How to Get Lost in Shakespeare". It will deal with those Shakespearean works where the characters first get lost in unknown places (at sea, on earth, in the wood) and then finding per mare, per terra, nella foresta), relinquishing in the process also their conventional beliefs and principles of reasoning, and then find again themselves (and their selves), and in some cases also an Other who had gone lost for a while, together with a deep, undetermined truth. The works will be _The Comedy of Errors_, _Love's Labour's Lost_, _As You Like It_, _Twelfth Night_, _The Winter's Tale_, _The Tempest_.
The works will be analysed with respect to the historical and cultural contests of the early modern period, with an emphasis on literary conventions and fashions, such as pastoral, Italian Renaissance comedy, travel narratives, medieval romances. The texts will be also seen through their afterlife in contemporary culture (art, classical and pop music, cinema, tv, 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)=
W. Shakespeare, _The Comedy of Errors_, _Love's Labour's Lost_, _As You Like It_, _Twelfth Night_, _The Winter's Tale_, _The Tempest_

W. Shakespeare, _The Comedy of Errors_, _Love's Labour's Lost_, _As You Like It_, _Twelfth Night_, _The Winter's Tale_

The critical texts will be discussed during the course and uploaded to Moodle.
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.

I will not reply to queries about information that is already available on this page and/or other official pages.
As per EU laws on public service, I do not read my e-mails outside office hours, during festivities and weekends.
For topics that require live interaction, please come to my office hours. E-mail cannot replace them.
Students must exclusively use the domain for all e-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).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _The Comedy of Errors_. London: Bloomsbury Arden, 2016. ed. K. Cartwright, The Arden Shakespeare, ISBN: 1904271243 Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _Love's Labour's Lost_. London: Bloomsbury Arden, 1998. Ed. H.R. Woodhuysen, The Arden Shakespeare, ISBN: 1904271103 Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _As You Like It_. London: Bloomsbury Arden, 2006. Ed. J. Dusinberre, The Arden Shakespeare, ISBN: 9781904271222 Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _Twelfth Night_. London: Bloomsbury Arden, 2008. Ed. K. Elam, The Arden Shakespeare, ISBN:1904271103 Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _The Winter's Tale_. London: Bloomsbury Arden, 2010. Ed. J. Pritcher, The Arden Shakespeare, ISBN: 9781903436356 Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. SHAKESPEARE, _The Tempest_. London: Bloomsbury Arden, 2011. Eds. V. and A.Mason Vaughan , The Arden Shakespeare, ISBN: 1408133474 Cerca nel catalogo
  • ALL the selections from the primary works and ALL the secondary works will be uploaded to Moodle, --. --: --, --.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • 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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