Letteratura e cultura inglese i/m
- A.A. 2019/2020
- CFU 6
- Ore 30
- Classe di laurea LM-37
Good all-round language skills in English
The ability to think critically, analyse texts, evaluate arguments, and challenge
The ability to communicate ideas and arguments effectively, in class discussion and
in written form;
The ability to work effectively with others in groups and to learn collaboratively
through discussion and interaction;
The ability to locate relevant bibliographical resources and to use them;
The ability to use a range of information technology resources to assist with
information retrieval and assignment presentation.
Gender, Creativity and the Literary Imagination
This module explores the intersections between gender and the literary imagination
in nineteenth-century culture. How did women writers deploy their imagination to
explore 'real-world' problems? What emotional issues most engaged their minds?
How did their novels contribute to questioning gender stereotypes? Mary Shelley's
sustained investigation into the ethical dimension of science; Mary E. Braddon's
innovative focus on 'sensation'; Charlotte Riddell's narrative reframing of the
adulteration debate; and Victoria Cross's transgressive portrait of female eroticism in
a colonial setting are all telling examples of women's imaginative engagement with
both 'public' and 'private' issues. This module combines historical and theoretical
approaches to the study of women's writing. Students will learn to analyse and
interpret works of fiction by relating them to both historical contextual documents
and twenty-first-century gender theories. Class discussions will focus in particular on
the following thematic clusters: 1) gender, science and ethics (Frankenstein); 2)
emotions and sensations (Aurora Floyd); 3) adulteration, adultery and urban
development (The Race for Wealth); 4) eroticism reconsidered (Anna Lombard).
- 1. (A) Mary Shelley Frankenstein (1818) qualsiasi (in inglese), UK, 2000
- 2. (A) Mary Elizabeth Braddon Aurora Floyd (1863) qualsiasi (in inglese), UK, 2000
- 3. (A) Charlotte Riddell The Race for Wealth (1866) qualsiasi (in inglese), UK, 1866
- 4. (A) Victoria Cross Anna Lombard (1901) qualsiasi (in inglese), London, 1901
I romanzi saranno tutti analizzati e spiegati in classe. Lo studente dovrà scegliere TRE romanzi da portare all'esame.
La bibliografia critica e teorica verrò messa a disposizione degli studenti all'inizio del corso.
I romanzi saranno messi a disposizioni degli studenti in formato PDF
Lectures and class discussions
Seminars with invited guests