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Letteratura e cultura inglese ii/m

  • A.A. 2016/2017
  • CFU 6, 9
  • Ore 30, 45
  • 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

Excellent all-round language skills in English

Obiettivi del corso

Demonstrate the ability to explore the complexities of literary signification;
appreciate literature as an expression of historical and cultural preoccupations;
understand and use different critical approaches to Victorian and contemporary
fiction; communicate reflections, analyses, and arguments effectively in speaking and

Programma del corso

The Race for Wealth: Finance and Fiction

The course is designed to stimulate discussion on the fraught relation between
novels and capitalist modernisation. We will analyse three Victorian novels that
openly address pressing questions related to the 'race for wealth' , including social
inequality, financial crises, commercial frauds (food adulteration), imprisonment for
debt and the ever recurring spectre of economic uncertainty. The course will focus on
how novelists, male and female, rework these issues in their fiction, what narrative
and rhetorical strategies they adopt to come to terms with the contradictions of
commercial and financial modernity, and how social satire is deployed to criticise,
from a moral standpoint, the excesses of capitalist accumulation. By comparing these
novels with contemporary ones, written in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis,
students will be able to appreciate a variety of styles and modes of writing and to
reflect upon the strategies adopted by today's authors to tackle similar problems to
the ones encountered by their predecessors. We will use digital instruments and the
methodology of corpus linguistics to analyse some the texts from a different

Testi (A)dottati, (C)onsigliati
  • 1.  (A) Charles Dickens Little Dorrit qualsiasi (in inglese), UK, 2000
  • 2.  (A) Anthony Trollope The Way We Live Now qualsiasi (in inglese), UK, 2000
  • 3.  (A) Charlotte Riddell The Race for Wealth qualsiasi (in inglese), UK, 2000 » Pagine/Capitoli: il testo è reperibile sul sito Internet Archives in fromato PDF
  • 4.  (A) Sebastian Faulks A Week in December Vintage, London, 2009
  • 5.  (A) John Lanchester Capital Faber & Faber, London, 2013
  • 6.  (A) Robert Harris The Fear Index Arrow Books, London, 2011
Altre informazioni / materiali aggiuntivi

A lezione verranno analizzati tutti i romanzi, ma è obbligatoria la lettura di 3 romanzi a scelta dello studente. Il romanzo The Race for Wealth, di difficile reperimento, verrà messo a disposizione degli studenti in formato PDF. Il materiale critico verrà distribuito all'inizio del corso.

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