ENGLISH LITERATURE I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The Prelude is an experimental innovative poem and one of the major works in English and European Romanticism. The course focuses on the various modalities of approach to a complex poetic text, offering examples of contextualized analyses which also highlight some specific themes and strategies in Romantic literature.
Being addressed to first year students of the 'Laurea Specialistica', the course takes for granted prior knowledge of the history of English literature and the ability to approach texts in the original language. Some familiarity with critical terminology and critical schools is also required.
Course contents summary
This module explores the main themes in Wordsworth's autobiographical poem, The Prelude (1805): childhood and memory, London and the country, the French Revolution and revolutionary poetry. It also discusses The Prelude as a "mixed" poem which both incorporates and revises traditional genres and modes (the pastoral and romance, the conventions of epic and satire), by associating them with specific forms of perception and stages of maturity.
For the bibliography, which is inclusive of general texts on Romanticism and critical studies on Wordsworth's poetry, students are referred to the program which is available at the Department of Foreign Languages, v.le S. Michele 9 and on the Internet.
The course consists of didactic units which ultimately aim at developing specific abilities in the critical appreciation of literary texts in English. Consequently, assessment takes into consideration linguistic and critical skills and students' abilities to assimilate, elaborate and select notions.