ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE III

ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE III

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Code
65306
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
9 credits during the 3nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA

9 credits during the 1st year of 9918 MODERN LITERATURES AND PERFORMING ART (LM-14) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-LIN/10
LANGUAGE
English
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Modern languages and cultures)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

This is a third-year course taught in the second semester. It introduces students to aspects and issues of early modern English drama and poetry. Unless otherwise required by the health emergency, the course will be held in the traditional way (i.e. in the classroom).

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The courses of English literature 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

  1. are familiar with Tudor-Stuart history and cultural history;
  2. are familiar with numerous aspects and issues of early modern English drama;
  3. know analytically Shakespeare's Hamlet, can describe its main themes and formal features, and relate them to specific historical and cultural contexts;
  4. can identify the main formal and content features of sixteenth-century sonnets (9 CFU course);
  5. are able to make use of cues and ideas offered by critical materials.

PREREQUISITES

An intermediate-advanced knowledge of English is required to follow classes and read materials in English.

Teaching methods

Lectures in English (54 hours; 5 hours per week; second semester), interspersed with screenings of movies or recordings of theatrical performances and with activities aimed at encouraging active participation in class work.

Attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to refer to an ad hoc reading list.

Unless otherwise required by the heath emergency, the course will be held in the traditional way (i.e. in the classroom).

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course aims to introduce the students to the study of early modern English literature. Lectures will first illustrate the historical, religious, social and cultural features of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. They will then focus on the formal and content analysis of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Particular attention will be paid to: the relevance of religious controversies on the literary, artistic and cultural production; the material conditions of the period's theatrical experience (structures of the playhouses and the theatrical business) and the way they shaped dramatic texts that would later acquire traits of universality and atemporality. The last 18 hours of the course trace the development of the English love sonnet from Wyatt to Shakespeare,

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Students will have to study William Shakespeare's Hamlet as well as the other materials (presentations, contextual texts and critical essays) that will be made available either through aulaweb or in the Department library.

They will also have to make themselves familiar with the history of English literature 1500-1785 (reference book: John Peck & Martin Coyle, A Brief History of English Literature, Palgrave, 2002, pp. 34-147; alternative reference book for DIRAAS/DAFIST students: L. M. Crisafulli e K. Elam, Manuale di letteratura e cultura inglese, Bononia UP, 2009, pp. 19-179). They will also have to read either Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe or Samuel Richardson's Pamela.

A selection of sonnets and related critical material (for the 9 CFU/54-hour course) will be made available on aulaweb.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: All information and updates on Prof. Villa's office hours are to be found on her departmental webpage: http://www.lingue.unige.it/?post_type=dipendente&p=2086

Exam Board

LUISA VILLA (President)

DENYS EDWARD JONES

LAURA COLOMBINO

DOMENICO LOVASCIO (President Substitute)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures in English (54 hours; 5 hours per week; second semester), interspersed with screenings of movies or recordings of theatrical performances and with activities aimed at encouraging active participation in class work.

Attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to refer to an ad hoc reading list.

Unless otherwise required by the heath emergency, the course will be held in the traditional way (i.e. in the classroom).

LESSONS START

LESSONS (on TEAMS) start on  16 February, 15.00. Please register on the aulaweb course, where you can find information on how to access the TEAMS class. Classes will be held as follows: Tuesday, 15-17; Thursday 16-17; Friday 8-10.

EXAMS

Exam description

This course is assessed by written examination. Language of examination: Italian or English (students are free to choose either). The open-ended-question exam paper (4 hours/9 CFU; 3hours/6 CFU) covers all parts of the syllabus (cultural and historical context, history of literature 1500-1785 and all the prescribed texts and critical materials). Students who attend classes regularly will be offered altenative forms of assessment (written tests, and/or reports) on selected parts of the reading list.

Assessment methods

The exam paper involves open-ended questions (on the historical period, the cultural contexts, the main authors, extracts of plays and novels) and guided commentary of literary texts. The open-ended questions test knowledge and comprehension; the guided commentary tests the students’ 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 students’ comprehension of, and ability to respond to, the critical essays included in the reading list.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
10/09/2021 14:00 GENOVA Scritto Appello ordinario sui programmi 2020-21 (Prof. Villa) di Letteratura e cultura inglese, Mod. 1 (LM) e di Letteratura e cultura inglese III. Aula 15, Albergo dei Poveri. Presentarsi muniti di documento di identità e fogli protocollo a righe. E' consentito l'uso del dizionario (cartaceo), anche bilingue. Se non si potranno tenere le prove in presenza, l'esame si svolgerà a distanza sulla piattaforma TEAMS, in forma orale, come già negli appelli precedenti.
14/09/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale Appello sui seguenti programmi di esame: Letteratura inglese I (LCM) 2021-21; Letteratura inglese III (LCM), programmi dal 2017-18 al 2019-20; Letteratura inglese II (TTMI), programmi dal 2018-19 al 2019-20. Salvo contrordini legati alla situazione sanitaria, l'appello si svolgerà in forma scritta, in aula IV (via Balbi 5).
14/09/2021 09:00 GENOVA Scritto Appello sui seguenti programmi di esame: Letteratura inglese I (LCM) 2021-21; Letteratura inglese III (LCM), programmi dal 2017-18 al 2019-20; Letteratura inglese II (TTMI), programmi dal 2018-19 al 2019-20. Salvo contrordini legati alla situazione sanitaria, l'appello si svolgerà in forma scritta, in aula IV (via Balbi 5).
24/09/2021 14:00 GENOVA Scritto Appello ordinario sui programmi 2020-21 (Prof. Villa) di Letteratura e cultura inglese, Mod. 1 (LM) e di Letteratura e cultura inglese III. Aula 15, Albergo dei Poveri. Presentarsi muniti di documento di identità e fogli protocollo a righe. E' consentito l'uso del dizionario (cartaceo), anche bilingue. Se non si potranno tenere le prove in presenza, l'esame si svolgerà a distanza sulla piattaforma TEAMS, in forma orale, come già negli appelli precedenti.
28/09/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale Appello sui seguenti programmi di esame: Letteratura inglese I (LCM) 2021-21; Letteratura inglese III (LCM), programmi dal 2017-18 al 2019-20; Letteratura inglese II (TTMI), programmi dal 2018-19 al 2019-20. Salvo contrordini legati alla situazione sanitaria, l'appello si svolgerà in forma scritta, in aula IV (via Balbi 5).
28/09/2021 09:00 GENOVA Scritto Appello sui seguenti programmi di esame: Letteratura inglese I (LCM) 2021-21; Letteratura inglese III (LCM), programmi dal 2017-18 al 2019-20; Letteratura inglese II (TTMI), programmi dal 2018-19 al 2019-20. Salvo contrordini legati alla situazione sanitaria, l'appello si svolgerà in forma scritta, in aula IV (via Balbi 5).

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to study some supplementary or different material. Subscription to the course via aulaweb is mandatory. The password will be provided at the beginning of the course. 

Students who have already taken an exam on early modern English literature will have to inform Professor Villa to find out whether they can take this exam on a tailored reading list.

This syllabus is valid until July 2022.