Letteratura e cultura inglese i/m

  • A.A. 2015/2016
  • CFU 6
  • Ore 30
  • Classe di laurea LM-37
Silvana Colella / Professoressa di ruolo - I fascia / Letteratura inglese (L-LIN/10)
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici - Lingue, Mediazione, Storia, Lettere, Filosofia

Good all-round language skills in English

Obiettivi del corso

- to explore the complexities of literary signification;
- to appreciate literature as an expression of historical and cultural preoccupations;
- to develop the capacity for critical thinking and for communicating effectively in
sepaking and writing;
- to use a range of information technology resources to assist with information
retrieval and assignment presentation.

Programma del corso

Uses of the Past: Fiction, Representation and the Politics of Memory

The past is never simply the past. It is continually reconfigured in response to the
changing interests and concerns of the present. The process of rethinking and
reimagining past epochs is one with which late-modern novelists willingly engage.
This module will explore contemporary writers' fascination with history, heritage and
the rewriting of the past. We will investigate in particular: different uses of the past
in male- and female-authored novels; the double temporal frame of neo-Victorian
fiction; eroticized representations of the nineteenth century; the complex legacy of
the two World Wars in fiction and the intersection between war narratives and love
stories. This module is intended to stimulate reflection on the ways in which
traditions and memories are being refashioned through the work of fiction and on the
regime of historicity of our time.

Testi (A)dottati, (C)onsigliati
  • 1.  (A) John Fowles The French Lieutenant's Woman qualsiasi (in inglese), UK, 1969
  • 2.  (A) Antonia Byatt Possession qualsiasi (in inglese), UK, 1990
  • 3.  (A) Pat Baker Regeneration qualsiasi (in inglese), Toronto, 1991 » Pagine/Capitoli: la selezione di capitoli verrà comunicata a lezione
  • 4.  (A) Sebastian Faulks Birdsong qualsiasi (in inglese), london, 1993
  • 5.  (A) Ian McEwan Atonement qualsiasi (in inglese), london, 2001
  • 6.  (A) Michel Faber The Crimson Petal and the White Cannongate, edinburgh, 2002
  • 7.  (A) Kate Atkinson Life after Life Back Bay Books (o altre ediizioni), london, 2014
Altre informazioni / materiali aggiuntivi

I 7 testi in programma verranno analizzati e discussi a lezione e durante i workshop. E' obbligatoria la lettura di 3 tesi a scelta dello studente.

Metodi didattici
  • Lectures and class discussions
    seminars with invited guests
    students workshops
Modalità di valutazione
  • 2000-word essay in English (50%)
    Power-point presentation in class (50%)
Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che possono essere utilizzate per l'attività didattica


Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che si intende utilizzare per la valutazione