Good knowledge of English and Italian. Good knowledge of the literature of the USA. Having earned 10 cfu in Lingua inglese I and the 1st year exam of Anglo-American literature (only if English is your first language).
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 "The theory of adaptation" by Linda Hutcheon. It will deal with novels by great American writers and their adaptations into movies: Louisa May Alcott, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, Herman Melville, and Margaret Mitchell.
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).