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 of knowledge of the American critical movements of the 20th century.
The module B (given by Prof. Stefano Rosso) will start with an introduction to American Drama and will continue with a presentation of the great themes and masters of American Drama (Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller), and will end with more eccentric and recent forms of drama (Sam Shepard, David Rabe and David Mamet). Reference will be made to movie adaptations.
Lectures and discussions in class (in English). Students can substitute part of the program with English oral presentations in class and/or papers.
The final grade will be based on:
1. Participation in class;
2. twenty minute report in class on a topic chosen under the guidance of the instructor (optional);
3. Paper (optional);
4. 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).
Students who have done one of the activities mentioned above (1, 2 and/or 3) will take an abridged exam.
Other information will be available on the Web page of the course. At the beginning of module B, Prof. Rosso will open a facebook group for this course where students can receive files, ask questions and discuss on topics only related to the course.
Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus students should inform the instructor of their enrollment in the course by sending her/him an e-mail before the beginning of the course (firstname.lastname@example.org and stefano.rosso@unibg).