LETTERATURA INGLESE POSTCOLONIALE II | Università degli studi di Bergamo


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Postcolonial Literature II
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Successful completion of the course English Language I (first year).
Intermediate knowledge of the English language.
An outline of the history of English literature.

Educational goals

At the end of the course, the student:
a. has a critical knowledge of the literary and cultural history of the United Kingdom in the nineteenth and the twentieth century through the reading in the original language and the analysis of the set literary texts;
b.has some basic methodological strategies for the critical reading of novels;
c. can apply critical skills to literary texts;
d. describes and discusse literary complexity;
e. makes independent evaluations of literary texs.

Course content

The course analyses the British Empire's strategic role in the costruction of 'metropolitan' culture, from the the XIXth century to our days. The course proposes an investigation of cultural representations of the issue of otherness, with reference to race and gender, through a postcolonial perspective. Some basic methodological strategies for the critical reading of novels will be taught.

Textbooks and reading lists

A.1 W.Shakespeare, Othello, Any edition. pp.135

A.2 Alessandra Marzola, "Otello. Le Sfide dell''Immaginario", Mimesis 2015 (pp./pages 140).

A.3 Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines, Oxford, Oxford University Press (Oxford World Classics) (1885), 2008. Introduction and text.

A.4 Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, London, Penguin Modern Classics, (1958) 2010. Introduction and text.

A.5 Flaminia Nicora, "Contro-mappe: letterature e territorio nel romanzo postcoloniale" in Casti-Corona, Luoghi e identità, Bergamo, Sestante, pp.141-152.

A.6 Hans Bertens, "Postcolonial criticism and theory" Ch.8 in Literary Theory, The basics, London, Routledge, 2001, pp.193-216

Arturo Cattaneo, A short history of English literature, Vol.II From the Victorians to the present. pp.3-93; pp.325-333.

B1 The Lonely Londoners, any edition in English.

B2 Timothy Mo Sour Sweet, 1982, any edition in English

B3 Andrea Levy, Fruit of the Lemon, Picador, 1999

B4 Moshin Hamid, The reluctant fundamentalist, Penguin, 2007.

B5 F.Nicora, Longing for landscape: New Londoners' sense of belonging and the representation of the city, in Vanessa Guignery(ed.),(Re-)mapping London: visions of the metropolis in the contemporary novel , Paris, Publibook.

B6 Steven Connor, The English Novel in History 1950-1995, London, Routledge pp.83-127.

B7 J.Acheson, The contemporary British novel since 2000, Edinburgh University Press, 2017, Ch.16 Moshin Hamid

Teaching methods

Lectures, films. Lessons will include PowerPoint slides, as well as audio-video materials.
Students will be asked to actively participate in these activities, with discussion and debate.
Guest lecturers may contribute to focus on specific topics.

Assessment and Evaluation

The first session is a written exam (answer five questions on the course with open answers, including a brief translation. Six point for each question). The remaining sessions are oral.

Abilities required for the exam:
1. a basic knowledge of the 19th and 20th century cultural and literary issues engaged in the course.
2. students must be able to read all the texts addressed in English and to translate them into Italian.
3. students must be able to develop a critical argument on the issues engaged with adequate references to the texts addressed.
The result of the written exam is visible in the student's webpage. A mail is sent by the system to inform about publication.

Further information

Erasmus students and students who cannot attend classes are asked to meet the instructor during tutorial hours (not by e-mail) if they need advice or feel the necessity of supplementary reading to gain a full understanding of the topics.