The course aims at developing these skills:
1) A general knowledge of the cultural and transmedial turn in the study of anglophone Literature, with specific reference to 'trauma studies'
2) A capacity to apply the theoretical and transmedial notion of trauma to a variety case studies drawn from literary and visual cultures;
2) The ability to approach literary texts in a culturological and transdisciplinary key.
"Reenactments: repetitions, déjà vu and images of trauma in contemporary culture".
While trauma is one of the defining features of modern and contemporary history, marked by global war, terrorism and pandemics, the category of trauma in the arts and literature has become symptomatic of a crisis in representation, marked by disrupted narratives and temporalities. The course offers historical, theoretical and formal ways to think through the art of trauma and the recent interdisciplinary concern with the after-life of shock in personal identity, culture, and forms of storytelling.
The prevailing form of teaching will be the lecture format in English, but more focussed seminars on specific topics treated in the course are also expected. Students are strongly invited to intervene in discussions in the classroom.
Oral exam. There will be a written test at the end of the course for regular attenders.
The skills requested are:
1) Critical readings of the primary texts proposed by the course;
2) Knowledge of the cultural and literary background to the texts proposed;
3) Acquisition of interdisciplinary methods in the analysis of literary texts.
The optional written test will last two hours and provides a choice of three questions out of five on the contents of lessons; it will include also an open question that invites students to apply the methods and skills acquired to a text of their choice which is not on the syllabus. No prior registration is required to take the test, and its results may be registered or integrated by further discussion at an oral exam, which does require on-line registration.
The syllabus may be subject to variations and adjustments in case mixed or remote teaching is required.
The students from LM CMC will be allowed to take the exam in Italian. Given that lessons will be in English, no further integration is required for the completion of their credits.