Good knowledge of English and Italian. Good knowledge of the literature of the USA.
At the end of the course the students will have acquired a sound knowledge of the main aspects of the culture and literature of the United States in a transnational perspective. Students will also reach a good knowledge of the some of the most influential critical movements of the 20th century.
Title: "Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Politics of Gender".
In the first module (A) students will analyze a selection of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short-stories, focusing on the way in which they defy the normative construction of American male identity. Students will also explore the role of the short-story in the development of a national literature in the first half of the XIX century.
"Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tales", W.W. Norton & Company, New York 2012 (pag. 500) ISBN 978-0-393-93564-6
Lectures and discussions in class (in English). Students can substitute part of the program with oral presentations in class and/or papers.
Final written exam (one question for each module, one to be answered in English, one in Italian, and a short translation from English into Italian). The quality of the written language used will constitute a significant element of the overall evaluation.
Students who have done one of the activities mentioned above (1, 2 and/or 3) will take an abridged exam.
a.Outstanding (30 e lode ): excellent knowledge of all of the contents of the course. Excellent ability to analyze the texts and to contextualize them in an appropriate way. The student uses the academic writing register/style with appropriate linguistic terminologies. The translation is correct.
b. Very good (30 to 27): very good knowledge of all of the contents of the course. Very good ability to analyze the texts and to contextualize them in an appropriate way. The translation contains hardly any mistakes.
c. Good (26-24): Good knowledge of the contents of the course. Adequate ability to describe the texts. The language used is simple but correct. The translation is good.
d. Fair/sufficient (23-18): The work has sufficient knowledge, coherence, use of appropriate resources and quality of presentation to warrant a basic pass. The ability to analyze the texts is not wholly satisfactory. The work is very descriptive and does not fully address the issues raised by the question. The translation is not wholly satisfactory.
e. Fail (below 18): The student demonstrates only a basic awareness of the contents of the course. The work is frequently confused and incoherent. Both the essay and the translation contain inaccuracies and major errors.