ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE II

ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE II

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Code
61323
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 8741 Theories and techniques of interlingual mediation (L-12)
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-LIN/10
LANGUAGE
English
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Theories and techniques of interlingual mediation)
semester
1° Semester

OVERVIEW

This is a second-year course taught in the first semester. It introduces to aspects of nineteenth-century fiction and poetry from Romanticism to the mid- and late-Victorian periods. 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

BA courses aim to provide students with a basic knowledge of British literature and culture from the Renaissance to the present age with special emphasis on the development of modern fiction, post-colonial studies, twentieth-century modernism and post-modernism.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who attend this course regularly, and study the prescribed materials, will acquire a detailed knowledge of some aspects of nineteenth-century fiction and poetry. They will be able to analyse a number of literary texts, describe their main formal features and connect them to specific historical and cultural contexts.

Teaching methods

Lectures in English and seminar activities. Attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to read some supplementary material. Erasmus students should contact Prof. Colombino by the beginning of the course.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course is taught in the first semester and provides an introduction to nineteenth-century literature. The lectures and seminars will offer a historical, literary and cultural survey of nineteenth century Britain, focussing on some major poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Swinburne, Arnold and Hardy) and novelists (Dickens and Hardy). Particular attention will be devoted to the evolution of the concept of nature; the relationship between the country and the city; social mobility in the mid-Victorian period; Darwinism and the novel.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Students will read the following works in any unabridged edition of their choice.

Two novels, one by Charles Dickens and one by Thomas Hardy, chosen between the following:

- Charles Dickens, Hard Times and Great Expectations;

- Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native and Tess of the D’Urbervilles;

Students will also have to make themselves familiar with the history of English Literature 1785-1900. Other materials (poems, essays, contextual and critical texts) will be made available through aulaweb and/or in the Department library.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Laura Colombino

All information and updates on Prof. Colombino's office hours are to be found on her departmental webpage:

http://www.lingue.unige.it/?post_type=dipendente&p=2091

Exam Board

LAURA COLOMBINO (President)

LUISA VILLA

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures in English and seminar activities. Attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to read some supplementary material. Erasmus students should contact Prof. Colombino by the beginning of the course.

LESSONS START

Tuesday 17 October

TIME OF CLASSES: Tuesday, 13-14, Aula 3 B, Magazzini dell'Abbondanza; Friday 10-12, Aula I, Magazzini dell'Abbondanza

EXAMS

Exam description

This course is assessed by written examination on the contents of the course and the reading list, as well as other compulsory materials. Language of examination: English. Total test time: 3 hrs.

Assessment methods

The exam paper involves open questions on the historical period, the cultural contexts, literary movements and main authors) and guided commentary of literary texts (poems, extracts of novels). The open questions test knowledge and comprehension; the guided commentary tests the student's ability to recognise and describe the main formal features of specific texts, and connect them to contextual historical and cultural information; it also tests the student's comprehension of, and ability to respond to, critical materials included in the reading list.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend, will have to study some supplementary or different material. Course enrolment via aulaweb is mandatory. Examination enrolment is through the Ateneo website.