A good command of spoken and written English; a sound knowledge of the history of English literature and culture; students should also possess a good knowledge of Italian.
Modules A and B are meant 1. to provide tools of critical, cultural and literary analysis along with notions of critical theory; 2. to teach ways of reading cultural and literary texts.
At the end of the course students:
a. will have acquired an enhanced familiarity with British literary and cultural history;
b. will competently apply critical skills to literary texts;
c. will be able to describe and discuss literature as a complex cultural system;
d. will be able to assess literary texts independently;
e. will have refined their aesthetic sensibility to literary language and to the rhetorical richness of the texts to literary language and to the rhetorical richness of the texts.
The course consists of two modules which address a selection of novels.
Module B is focused on XXth C and XXIth C and specifically on British culture and the Imperial roots of contemporary multiethnic culture.
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 will contribute to focus on specific topics.
Should the course switch to remote learning, some changes to the syllabus may be introduced.
Students will be tested by means of a final oral exam or, alternatively, for attending students, by the assessment of oral and written tests during the course 40% and 60%final oral exam or written paper of min 4000 words. Required abilities for the oral or written exam:
1. students must show good knowledge of the literary and cultural contexts related to the issues discussed in the course
2. students are expected to read all the texts in English and to translate them into Italian
3. students are expected to engage the issues critically with relevant references to the texts addressed in the course.
The final mark is the average mark for the two assessments given in the same exam session. The mark of the written exams is visible in the student's webpage. A mail is sent by the system to inform about the publication of results.
Erasmus students and students who cannot attend classes may 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.
Coursebooks are also available in the University Library: see http://servizibibliotecari.unibg.it/libsite/dref/Corsi.asp?biblio=LLS