Letteratura e cultura anglo-americana ii/m
- A.A. 2017/2018
- CFU 6, 9
- Ore 30, 45
- Classe di laurea LM-37
Advanced knowledge of English and American culture and language. General linguistic, rhetorical
and narratological background.
AIMS. Designed to study the forms of short fiction in American Modernism through representative
writers. Major works by, among others, Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway, William
Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather and Edith Wharton will be presented and analyzed in
the context of 19th-century classic American tradition, on one side, and the new transatlantic
experimental fervor of early 20th-century literature, on the other.
LEARNING OUTCOMES. By the end of this course successful students should: reach an advanced
knowledge of American short fiction through national continuity and international perspectives;
explicate brief though complex texts through methods of narrative and discourse analysis,
interpretation and literary genre theories.
"Brevitas americana: Modernism and the forms of short fiction"
Starting with some examples of short fiction in 19th-century classic American literature (from
Nathaniel Hawthorne to Kate Chopin), this course will focus on the development of a 20th-century
tradition of Modernist short fiction writing in cultural continuity and international transformation.
Short fiction as a specific narrative genre and a peculiarly American modernist achievement will be
illustrated through close scrutiny of select works by Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway,
William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather and Edith Wharton.
- 1. (A) Sherwood Anderson Winesburg, Ohio Huebsch, New York, 1919
- 2. (A) Ernest Hemingway The Complete Short Stories Scribner, New York, 1987
- 3. (A) William Faulkner Collected Stories Vintage, New York, 1950
- 4. (A) F. Scott Fitzgerald The Stories Scribner, New York, 1951
A selection of stories from the textbooks (Anderson, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald), from 19th-century and other modernist writers (including Cather and Wharton), as well as an additional set of related theoretical and critical essays stories will be indicated and provided by the teacher at the beginning of the course.
Lectures. In class-discussion and analytical sections run by the teacher and, alternately, by students
as section-leaders. In class-presentations and structured focus groups with the help of digital
instruments and technologies.