Learning outcomes of the course unit
To give the students the opportunity to know the development of English literature
from 1660 to the end of the 19th century by looking at some representative texts
and analysing the socio-cultural contexts in which they were produced. To provide
the students with the theoretical and critical tools necessary to approach the literary
discourse, as well as to read and discuss any literary topic autonomously.
Course contents summary
The course aims at illustrating the development of English literature, from the Restoration of monarchy in 1660 to the end of the nineteenth century,through a selection of themes and significant textual samples. Each of these texts will be first examined within the historical and cultural context in which it was produced, and, secondly, it will be analyzed by means of close reading.
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, voll. I e II.
L. M. Crisafulli e E. Keir (a cura di) Manuale di letteratura e cultura inglese (Bononia
UP 2009) (these chapters in particular: Il Settecento: Introduzione; Il
romanzo del Settecento; Il Romanticismo: Introduzione; La poesia del
Romanticismo; La narrativa nell’età delle rivoluzioni (1780-1830); Il teatro
romantico; La critica romantica; Introduzione: I Vittoriani; Il romanzo vittoriano;
L’estetismo: Pater e Wilde; La New Woman; La poesia vittoriana; Il teatro vittoriano;
Il viaggio in Italia; Esotismo e Orientalismo; Critica e teoria letteraria inglese).
Lectures and class discussion on the selected texts of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria