Anno Accademico: 2014-2015
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:: Insegnamento :: Letteratura inglese 1 (prof. R. Ferrari)
Titolatura Letteratura inglese 1 (prof. R. Ferrari)
CDS Lingue e Letterature Moderne Euroamericane (DM 270)
Docenti Roberta Ferrari
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Tipo di insegnamento Corso
Codici/crediti Modulo unico:023LL cfu:9
Settore scientifico - disciplinare L-LIN/10 Letteratura inglese
Periodo lezioniPrimo semestre
OrarioSecondo semestre del corso di laurea in Lingue e Letterature Moderne Euroamericane (DM 270)
Commissione: MembriRoberta Ferrari, Carla Dente
Commissione: SupplentiLaura Giovannelli, Marta Bardotti
Titolo - modulo A o unico"Coming to terms with the Past": History, Memory, Trauma in Contemporary Fiction

Argomento: Modulo AThe course intends to introduce students to one of the most fertile areas of contemporary theory, the controversial debate around the relationship between History and narrative. A choice of novels published in the last decades will be the basis for a discussion of problems connected with the “construction” of history in the narrative text.
The introductory part of the course will be devoted to the illustration of theoretical and methodological issues focusing on such specific approaches as Trauma Theory and Historiographic Metafiction, among others. The course will also take into account the transformations of the “historical novel” as a genre, later verified through the analysis of some major contemporary novels in which the phenomenology and functions of historical writing appear interestingly varied.
Testi: Modulo APrimary sources:
Martin Amis, Time’s Arrow (1991), Harmondsworth, Penguin
Ian McEwan, Black Dogs (1992); Atonement (2001), London, Vintage.
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things (1997), London, Flamingo.
Graham Swift, Waterland (1983); Wish You Were Here (2012), London, Picador.
D.M.Thomas, The White Hotel (1981), London, Penguin.

Testi secondari obbligatori:
b/ Secondary sources
L. Hutcheon, A Poetics of Postmodernism, Routledge, London and New York 1988 (Part II: “Historiographic Metafiction: ‘The Pastime of past time’” e “Intertextuality, parody, and the discourses of history”, pp. 105-140.
Jago Morrison, Contemporary Fiction, New York Routledge, 2003.
Shoshana Felman, “Education and Crisis, Or the Vicissitudes of Teaching” (1991), in S. Felman and D. Laub, Testimony. Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History, Routledge Taylor & Francis, New York 1992, pp. 1-56.
Dori Laub, “Bearing Witness or the Vicissitudes of Listening”, in ibid., pp. 57-74.

Further criticism will be suggested during the course.
Titolo - modulo BFINAL EXAM:
Argomento: Modulo BModule B consists of a list of readings to be contextualized within the panorama of English Literary History.
Testi: Modulo BThomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, in P. Salzman, Elizabethan Prose Fiction, O.U.P., World’s Classics.
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, any edition.
Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey, any edition.
Robert Browning, “Porphyria’s Lover” – “My Last Duchess”, any edition.
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, any edition.
T.S.Eliot, The Waste Land/La terra desolata (1922), introduzione, traduzione e note di Alessandro Serpieri, Milano, Rizzoli, 1982.
T.S.Eliot, “Tradition and the Individual Talent”; “Ulysses, Order and Myth”; “Hamlet”, any edition.
James Joyce, Ulysses (episodes I-II-III-IV-IX), any edition; tr. it. a cura di Enrico Terrinoni, Ulisse, Newton Compton, 2012.
C. Churchill, A Mouthful of Birds, Methuen, London.

Secondary sources:

J. L. Andersen, “Anti-Puritanism, Anti-Popery, and Gallows Rhetoric in Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller”, The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Spring, 2004), pp. 43-63 URL:

W.S. Glock, “Catherine Morland’s Gothic Delusions: A Defense of ‘Northanger Abbey’”,
Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Winter, 1978), pp. 33-46.

James Mulvihill, "Peacock's Nightmare Abbey and the 'Shapes' of Imposture." Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 34 (1995), pp. 553-68.

Earl G. Ingersoll, "Lacan, Browning and the Murderous Voyeur: 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess", Victorian Poetry, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer 1990), pp. 151-157

R. Evan, “Women and Violence in A Mouthful of Birds”, Theatre Journal, Vol. 54, No. 2 (May, 2002), pp. 263-284.

A. Serpieri, T.S. Eliot: Le strutture profonde, Il Mulino, Bologna 1973.

F. Gozzi, Fuori del labirinto. Per una lettura di Ulysses (I-XI), ETS, Pisa 1993.

Literary history/Literary and cultural Theory:

Andrew Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature, OUP, 2000.

Peter Barry Beginning Theory. An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, Second Edition, Manchester UP, Manchester and New York, 2009. Students are expected to be able to delineate and discuss in general terms the development of literary and cultural theory from Structuralism to Post-structuralism and the most recent trends.

Modalità di verifica: the last part will be assessed by an oral examination in English.
Eventuali indicazioni per non frequentantiStudents who cannot attend classes should contact prof. Ferrari ( who will provide an alternative reading list.

Propedeuticità richieste dal docenteKnowledge of English literary history from the beginnings to the present
Modalità d'esameVerifica studenti frequentanti:
Students are expected to take active part in classroom activities and will be required to prepare an oral report about an essay dealing with one of the course topics.
They will then be asked to write a paper (2500 to 3000 words) about either the same topic or a different one of their choice.
As for the assessment of the final part, students will take an oral exam in English.

Verifica studenti non frequentanti:
Students who cannot attend classes will necessarily take an oral exam (Module A + Final Part).
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