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NORTH-AMERICAN LITERATURE (FIRST YEAR)

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NORTH-AMERICAN LITERATURE (FIRST YEAR)

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Anno accademico 2019/2020

Codice dell'attività didattica
LIN0493
Docente
Prof. Andrea Carosso (Titolare del corso)
Corso di studi
LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE (Magistrale)
Anno
1° anno
Tipologia
Caratterizzante
Crediti/Valenza
9
SSD dell'attività didattica
L-LIN/11 - lingua e letterature anglo-americane
Modalità di erogazione
Tradizionale
Lingua di insegnamento
Inglese
Modalità di frequenza
Facoltativa
Tipologia d'esame
Orale
Prerequisiti
English C1 level.
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NORTH-AMERICAN LITERATURE (SECOND YEAR)
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Sommario insegnamento

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Obiettivi formativi

This course contributes to the development of intellectual 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.

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Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

This course aims at developing abilities of critical thinking, independent study and initiative. Seminar discussions and individual study of the syllabushelp students acquire critical and analytical instruments for udestanding 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.

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Modalità di insegnamento

During class: seminar discussion of primary and secondary texts; one mandatory oral presentation (for English and American Studies students); written papers and feedback. Individual study of primary and secondary texts and short as PREPARATION to the sessions in class. 

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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). Students failing the written exam should meet with the professor promptly. After the 2020 examination sessions, a NEW SYLLABUS will apply. 

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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 writing abilities. Lectures and presentations with guests speakers, whenever possible.

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Programma

COURSE TITLE: Understanding America: Key Concepts.

COURSE BLOG: https://understandingamerica.edublogs.org/. This is the official blog and bulletting 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. 

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 fund of shared values that unites Americans of widely different backgrounds. Will do so by 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 topics in that 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 highly justifiable reasons, to be cleared with professor). Students will not be admitted to take the exam otherwise.

 

Testi consigliati e bibliografia

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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. James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time  (any unabridged edition)
4. Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao  (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)



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Note

Please register to this course using the course blog, https://understandingamerica.edublogs.org/

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Altre informazioni

https://understandingamerica.edublogs.org/
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