NB: IL CORSO SI TIENE NEL PRIMO SEMESTRE - INIZIO LEZIONI 23 settembre 2019
LINGUA DEL CORSO: INGLESE
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THE COURSE WILL BE HELD IN THE FIRST SEMESTER, STARTING ON 23rd SEPTEMBER 2019.
COURSE LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
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At the end of the course the student will possess a thorough knowledge of:
- the genre of the short story and its development through the centuries, from the early 19th century to the present;
- the methodologies of analysis of narrative texts;
- the cultural and literary context from the early 19th to the late 20th century;
- the cultural and literary theoretical debate from the early 20th century to the present.
Acquired knowledge will be assessed through:
- an oral report in class and a written paper which will verify the acquisition of specific knowledge and understanding of the short story genre from the early 19th century to the present, as well as the capability to discuss specific critical and theoretical issues in context;
- a final oral exam in which students will have to demonstrate a good knowledge of cultural and literary theories; they will also be expected to illustrate and analyse primary sources belonging to various genres and periods of English literature and to discuss secondary sources providing different critical approaches.
At the end of the course students will be able to:
- apply advanced methodological and theoretical tools to the analysis of narrative texts, in particular the short story;
- read, analyse and report orally on critical or theoretical essays concerning literary and cultural issues variously connected with the central topics of the course;
- contextualise narrative texts, namely short stories, within the cultural and literary background from the early 19th to the late 20th century;
- plan and write an argumentative essay in English on one of the topics of the course;
- gather and interpret relevant data;
- communicate, both orally and in written form, their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning them, in a clear and unambiguous way;
- comment on various aspects of literary texts;
- illustrate and discuss literary and cultural topics.
Students will be required to prepare an oral report in English based on a critical essay dealing with one of the topics of the course.
Students will also be asked to write a paper in English (2500 to 3000 words) discussing one of the course topics.
The final oral exam will test the students' capacity to comment on various aspects of literary texts, to use appropriate tools to deal with specific textual questions, as well as to illustrate and discuss literary and cultural topics.
The course aims at preparing students to be able to manage both oral and written work, to discuss and negotiate meanings, to support and/or disclaim critical positions.
They will also be expected to handle data (bibliography and online materials) in a transparent, responsible way.
The students' communicative skills, as well as their capacity to negotiate and discuss meanings, will be tested during the oral report, which will also show their skill in supporting or disclaiming a critical position.
The maturity in handling data in a responsible way will be mainly tested through the written paper.
Students are expected to possess an adequate level of English to be able to follow lectures, discuss literary topics, make an oral presentation, and write an essay in English.
Students are also expected to already possess a sound knowledge of English literary history from its origins to the contemporary.
- Teaching will mainly consist in lectures, but class discussion will also be strongly encouraged; the last part of the semester will be devoted to oral reports.
- Elearning page of course: the course page on the elearning platform will be used to share materials (primary and secondary texts; material for oral report and written paper, information about timetables, deadlines, etc...).
- Teacher/student interaction: weekly office hours; email.
- Language of course: English
This course consists of two different modules:
Module A: 54 class hours: Metamorphosis of a Genre: The Short Story in English.
Module B independent work: list of primary and secondary sources
MODULE A: Metamorphosis of a Genre: The Short Story in English.
The course intends to provide an introduction to the short story as a narrative form. In the first part, attention will be devoted to short story theories in order to provide a solid background for the study of the genre. In the second part, some sample texts will be studied in order to illustrate the variety and rich phenomenology of short story writing from the early 19th to the late 20th century, as well as to provide students with advanced narratological tools for the analysis of narrative texts.
Module B consists of a list of readings to be contextualized within the panorama of English Literary and Cultural History.
a/ Primary sources
Selection of short stories from the early 19th to the late 20th century. Texts to be analysed in class will be downloadable from the course web page.
b/ Secondary sources
- Charles May (ed.), New Short Story Theories, Athens, Ohio University Press 1994 (pp. 59-69;73-80; 91-113;147-164; 245-267; 273-277).
- H.Bonheim, The Narrative Modes. Techniques of the Short Story, Brewer, Cambridge 1982 (chapters VI-VII-VIII, pp. 91-164).
- Adrian Hunter, The Cambridge Introduction to the Short Story in English, C.U.P., 2007 (pp. 50-83;
- Viorica Patea, "The Short Story: An Overview of the History and Evolution of the Genre", in ead. (ed.), Short Story Theories: A Twenty-First Century Perspective, Amsterdam-New York, Rodopi, 2012, pp. 1-24.
Laura Winkiel, Modernism. The Basics, London and New York, Routledge, 2017.
Further criticism will be suggested during the course.
Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy, ed. by C. Calvo and J. Tronch, Bloomsbury Arden, 2010.
Laurence Sterne, Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, ed. by Ian Campbell Ross, OUP, 1983.
T.S.Eliot, The Waste Land/La terra desolata (1922), introduzione, traduzione e note di Alessandro Serpieri, Rizzoli, 1982.
T.S.Eliot, “Tradition and the Individual Talent”; “Ulysses, Order and Myth” any edition.
Caryl Churchill, Top Girls, in Teatro di Caryl Churchill, a cura di Paola Bono, Editoria e Spettacolo, 2016, vol. III.
Clara Calvo and Jesus Tronch, "Introduction" to T. Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy, cit.
Juliet McMaster, "'Uncrystallized Flesh and Body': The Body in Tristram Shandy", Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 2 (3), 1990, pp. 197-214.
Francesco Gozzi, Letture eliotiane, ETS, 2003 ("Introduction", pp. 5-17 and Chapter 2 "The Waste Land", pp.61-102).
Mary Luckhurst, Caryl Churchill, London, Routledge, 2014: "5. Key Production: Top Girls" (85-105).
Darren L. Gobert, The Theatre of Caryl Churchill, London, Bloomsbury, 2014: "1. Churchill's Landscapes" (1-19).
Literary and cultural Theory:
Peter Barry, Beginning Theory. An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, Second Edition, Manchester UP, Manchester and New York, 2009.
Students who cannot attend classes will necessarily take an oral exam (Module A + B together), starting from the winter session (January – February 2020).
For Module A non-attending students will read the following short stories:
In The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction, ed. by Ann Charters, Seventh edition, Boston-New York, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007:
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher", pp. 1097-1110.
James Joyce, "The Dead", in Dubliners, , pp. 650-679.
Virginia Woolf, "Kew Gardens", pp. 1361-1365.
Tillie Olsen, "I Stand Here Ironing", pp. 1053-1058.
Raymond Carver, "Cathedral", pp. 168-178;
Ernest Hemingway, "Hills like White Elephants", 540-543
Frank O'Connor, "Guests of the Nation", pp. 1042-1051.
George Eliot, “The Lifted Veil”, in The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob, , Oxford World’s Classics, Oxford, OUP, 1999, pp. 3-43.
Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Bottle Imp", in South-Sea Tales, Oxford World’s Classics, Oxford, OUP, 1999, pp. 73-102.
Ian McEwan, "Butterflies", in First Love, Last Rites, London, Pan Books, 1976.
Antonia S. Byatt, "Art Work", in The Matisse Stories, London, Vintage, 1994.
Other editions are available and can be used.
Module A: Students are expected to take active part in classroom activities and will be required to prepare an oral report based on a critical essay dealing with one of the course topics.
They will then be asked to write a paper (2500 to 3000 words) about a different topic of their choice. The deadline for the submission of the written paper is at least ten days before the date of the oral exam.
Therefore, Module A will be assessed through an evaluation of the oral presentation (1/3) and of the written paper (1/3).
Module B will be assessed by an oral examination in English (1/3), during which students are expected to discuss the primary sources by analyzing them from a stylistic, thematic and linguistic point of view, as well as by contextualizing them within their literary period.
Students are also expected to be able to delineate and discuss in general terms the development of literary and cultural theory from Structuralism to Post-structuralism and the most recent trends.
It is also expected that students will have a thorough knowledge of English Literary History from the beginnings to the contemporary.