INTERCULTURAL LITERATURE | Università degli studi di Bergamo

INTERCULTURAL LITERATURE

Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Sede: 
BERGAMO
Codice dell'attività formativa: 
13162-ENG

Scheda dell'insegnamento

Per studenti immatricolati al 1° anno a.a.: 
2018/2019
Insegnamento (nome in italiano): 
INTERCULTURAL LITERATURE
Insegnamento (nome in inglese): 
INTERCULTURAL LITERATURE
Tipo di attività formativa: 
Attività formativa Affine/Integrativa
Tipo di insegnamento: 
Opzionale
Settore disciplinare: 
CRITICA LETTERARIA E LETTERATURE COMPARATE (L-FIL-LET/14)
Anno di corso: 
3
Anno accademico di offerta: 
2020/2021
Crediti: 
5
Responsabile della didattica: 
Mutuazioni
  • Corso di studi in LINGUE E LETTERATURE STRANIERE MODERNE - Percorso formativo in LINGUISTICO-LETTERARIO

Altre informazioni sull'insegnamento

Modalità di erogazione: 
Didattica Convenzionale
Ciclo: 
Secondo Semestre
Obbligo di frequenza: 
No
Ore di attività frontale: 
30
Ore di studio individuale: 
95
Ambito: 
Attività formative affini o integrative
Prerequisites

NONE

Educational goals

By the end of the module students will be able to: a) critically analyse a literary text; b ) deal with those different cultural, literary, political and historical backgrounds that shaped the representations of the fantastic, the gothic and the monstrous in European literature; c ) critically reflect on the fascination with the metaphorical figure of the vampire in European culture; d) examine the aesthetics through which writers have used the figure of the vampire to explore issues related to a wide range of topics, including love, sexuality, immortality and monstrosity.

Course content

This course concerns "The Vampire: A European Myth of Cultural Transfer". Thus it will deal with some aspects of monstrous and fantastic European literature in the long Nineteenth Century, paying particular attention to the figure of the vampire, with the aim to explain the social, political, aesthetic and intercultural factors that have been contributing to its undeniable literary fame. The course will examine the emergence of the vampire in the gothic literature of the long Nineteenth Century. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the figure of the vampire, the course will discuss John Polidori's "The Vampyre", E.T.A. Hoffmann’s "Vampirismus", and Théophile Gautier's "La morte amoureuse" (engl. "Clarimonde").

Teaching methods

The course will be held in English and it will be based on lectures, yet directly involving the students in discussion and dialogue. During classes, students’ proposals for further analyses or debate will be welcome.

Assessment and Evaluation

The assessment will be written and in English. Questions will concern the contents of the literary works listed in the syllabus and the critical texts. Three questions will be asked concerning: 1) the historical and cultural framing of the European long Nineteenth Century; 2) the features of fantastic, monstrous and gothic literature; 3) the thematic and narrative features of one of the literary works on the vampire listed in the syllabus. The language skills level will influence the outcome of the examination.
Grading scale: a.Outstanding (30 e lode ): excellent knowledge of all of the contents of the course. Excellent ability to analyze the texts and to contextualize them in an appropriate way. The student uses the academic writing register/style with appropriate linguistic terminologies. The translation is correct. b. Very good (30 to 27): very good knowledge of all of the contents of the course. Very good ability to analyze the texts and to contextualize them in an appropriate way. The translation contains hardly any mistakes. c. Good (26-24): Good knowledge of the contents of the course. Adequate ability to describe the texts. The language used is simple but correct. The translation is good. d. Fair/sufficient (23-18): The work has sufficient knowledge, coherence, use of appropriate resources and quality of presentation to warrant a basic pass. The ability to analyze the texts is not wholly satisfactory. The work is very descriptive and does not fully address the issues raised by the question. The translation is not wholly satisfactory. e. Fail (below 18): The student demonstrates only a basic awareness of the contents of the course. The work is frequently confused and incoherent. Both the essay and the translation contain inaccuracies and major errors.

Further information

Please remember that this course is taught in English. Erasmus students are kindly asked to contact the lecturer.
Due to Covid-19 the course may be taught online and the program may change.