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ENGLISH LITERATURE

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Academic year
2022/2023
Teacher
PAOLA SPINOZZI
Credits
6
Didactic period
Primo Semestre
SSD
L-LIN/10

Training objectives

Students will widen their knowledge of British literature and culture from a theoretical, methodological, diachronic, and synchronic perspective.
Discussion of theoretical and methodological topics will highlight the metaliterary dimension. The study of specific authors and texts is aimed at: presenting the historical and cultural contexts in Great Britain and Europe; applying critical tools to literary texts and interpreting their aesthetic, ethical and ideological value.
Particular attention will be devoted to the students’ acquisition of skills required in job sectors such as literature teaching and publishing, which involve understanding how literary forms and genres have evolved through history and in relation to other cultural expressions.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of English language: B2 level

Course programme

NARRAZIONI ECOLOGICHE
I discorsi sull’ambiente permeano i comportamenti verso il presente, le rappresentazioni del passato e le percezioni del futuro.
In che modo le letterature e i media creano narrazioni che interrogano le visioni antropocentriche occidentali e orientali e promuovono pensieri ed azioni ecologiche?
In che modo le discipline umanistiche ambientali sperimentano nuovi strumenti ermeneutici per comprendere l’interdipendenza tra ecosistemi naturali e antropici?
Il nostro focus è su nuove narrazioni di ambienti fragili e resilienti; il benessere im/materiale degli organismi che vivono in essi; le interconnessioni tra diverse forme di vita.
Inizieremo esplorando teorie e metodologie ecocritiche, poi esamineremo Cloud Atlas (2004) di David Mitchell, The Year of the Flood (2009) di Margaret Atwood, e Life on Earth (1979), Planet Earth (2006), Our Planet (2019) di David Attenborough, e Half Earth. Our Planet’s Fight for Life (2016) di Edward O. Wilson.

Didactic methods

Classes will be face-to-face and will tackle the historical and cultural context as well as specific authors and literary texts. To foster interaction, specific contexts and texts will be presented and students’ comments and questions will be encouraged.
The timetable is downloadable from the web site: https://docente.unife.it/paola.spinozzi/didattica.

Learning assessment procedures

The exam consists of:
A. a written essay on the topics of the course;
B. an oral exam, focusing on the history of English literature as well as on the topics of the course.
The written part of the exam can be taken separately from and before the oral part only if you choose the first date available after the end of the course. After that date, the written and the oral part of the exam will have to be taken jointly on the same day.
All primary and critical works can be downloaded from Materiale didattico.

Assignments for the students who attend the course:
1.a) the study of the primary works;
1.b) the study of the critical works, 1 per primary work;
2) the study of a century of history of English literature.

Assignments for the students who do not attend the course:
1.a) the study of the primary works in the bibliography;
1.b) the study of the critical works, 1 per primary work;
2) the study of two centuries of history of English literature.

Reference texts

PRIMARY TEXTS

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas (2004)
Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood (2009)
David Attenborough, Life on Earth (1979); Planet Earth (2006); Our Planet (2019)
Edward O. Wilson, Half Earth. Our Planet’s Fight for Life (2016)

HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE

Ronald Carter, John McRae, eds, The Routledge History of Literature in English. Britain and Ireland, London and New York: Routledge, 2017, 3rd Edition [Downloadable from Materiale didattico].