NORTH-AMERICAN LITERATURE (FIRST YEAR)
NORTH-AMERICAN LITERATURE (FIRST YEAR)
Anno accademico 2021/2022
- Codice attività didattica
- Prof. Andrea Carosso (Titolare del corso)
- Corso di studio
- LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE (Magistrale)
- 1° anno
- Primo semestre
- SSD attività didattica
- L-LIN/11 - lingua e letterature anglo-americane
- Tipologia esame
- Scritto più orale obbligatorio
- Tipologia unità didattica
- English B2 level.
- Propedeutico a
- NORTH-AMERICAN LITERATURE (SECOND YEAR)
Sommario del corso
This course contributes to the development of reading, writing and critical tools for literary study and interpretation for MA students. It aims at presenting problems, texts and key-authors of mostly 19th, 20th and 21st century North-American literature. This course also aims at developing critical and analytical skills in the poetry, fiction and literary and cultural criticism and at helping students develop academic writing skills.
Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi
This course aims at developing abilities of critical thinking, independent study and initiative. Seminar discussions and individual study of the syllabus help students acquire critical and analytical tools for undestanding and conducting research in the field of North-American literature and culture. They also learn to place those texts within theoretical, critical, and historical contexts and to produce written analyses of those texts.
COURSE TITLE: Understanding America: Key Concepts.
COURSE BLOG: https://understandingamerica2021.edublogs.org/. This is the official blog and bullettin board for this class. Students are required to refer to the course blog regularly during the semester. Any changes and updates to thus syllabus will be posted to the course blog.
This course is taught IN PERSON as a weekly SEMINAR and is not suitable for distant learning. As per university's requirements, it will be livestreamed at https://unito.webex.com/meet/andrea.carosso. Recording sessions (even partially9 is forbidden. Recordings of lessons will not be made available.
The course examines what "America" means and what it means to be "American", addessing questions such as whether the term "American" has a singular or plural definition or if there is any common culture or repository of shared values that unites Americans of widely different backgrounds. We will be discussing key concepts of American Studies, including exceptionalism, manifest destiny, nature, violence, democracy, race, migration, mobility, urban modernity, American Century, multiculturalism, post-nationalism. Spanning over 3 centuries of American culture, the readings in this course will help students become familiar with major tropes of American culture, as expressed in the literature from the 17th through the 21st century.
This class, fully taught in English, will be conducted as a weekly seminar: students will be expected to show weekly progress through the course materials by way of classroom presentations and written assignments.
Students unable to attend regularly must 1. meet with the professor during office hours AT LEAST 30 DAYS BEFORE taking the written exam (and preferably before the start of classes) AND 2. attend at least two Thursday sessions (unless unable for pressing reasons, to be cleared with professor - e.g. participation in the Erasmus program). Students will not be admitted to take the exam otherwise.
Modalità di insegnamento
During class: seminar discussion of primary and secondary texts; one mandatory oral presentation (for English and American Studies students); three written papers. Individual study of primary and secondary texts are intended as PREPARATION to the class sessions.
Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
Three take-home papers (to be submitted at least 7 days prior to the written exam), one written exam, one oral interview. Students must pass the written exam in order to be admitted to the oral. Written exams are offered 3 times per academic year (January, May, September, see this link for detailed calendar). Students failing the written exam should meet with the professor promptly. After the 2022 examination sessions, a NEW SYLLABUS will apply.
Attività di supporto
A writing clinic (in 3 sessions, during the semester - see course syllabus on the course blog for details), to help students improve their academic writing skills. Lectures and presentations with guests speakers, whenever possible.
Testi consigliati e bibliografia
- Mandatory texts - STUDENTS MUST OWN HARD COPIES OF THESE (etexts are not suitable for university study):1. Willa Cather, My Antonia (any unabridged edition)2. Henry Roth, Call it Sleep (any unabridged edition)3. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (any unabridged edition)4. Junot Diaz, Drown (any unabridged edition)Secondary texts will be posted on the course blog for download during the semester.
NON ATTENDING STUDENTS (i.e. students attending less than 70% of this course) will also study:
Heike Paul, The Myths that Made America (Transcript, 2014)
Reference texts (highly recommended):
Maffi et al. Americana (Il saggiatore, 2012)
Full course details, week-to-week updates and examination info is available at https://understandingamerica2021.edublogs.org/
ALL Students MUST REGISTER to this course using the course BLOG.
(or write to professor if registering late). Unregistered students will NOT be admitted to examinations.