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ENGLISH LITERATURE III

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Academic year
2021/2022
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.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of English language: B1+/B2 level

Course programme

NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL LIFE IN SPECULATIVE FICTION
We will explore the genre of speculative fiction from the early modern to the contemporary age to understand the relationships between narration and reality and the dialectics between natural and artificial life. Our focus will be on Utopia (1516) by Thomas More, New Atlantis (1627) by Francis Bacon, Frankenstein; or, Prometheus Unbound (1818) by Mary Shelley, Iron Council (2004) by China Miéville, Altered Carbon (2002, 2018) by Richard K. Morgan.

Didactic methods

Classes will be face-to-face and live-streamed. They will be recorded and made available to the students on the SEA platform managed by the University of Ferrara. Classes 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 tackled during the classes and defined in the Contents of the course;
B. an oral exam, focusing on the history of English literature as well as on the topics tackled during the classes.

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.

Reference texts

PRIMARY TEXTS