General bibliography (for the three didactic units)
All of the following texts can be found in an English version:
Roman Jakobson, "Il realismo nell'arte", in Tzvetan Todorov (a cura di), I Formalisti Russi, Einaudi, 1968, pp. 97-107 (Biblioteca di Anglistica). Also available on the course website as: Roman Jakobson, "On Realism in Art".
Roland Barthes, "L'effetto di reale", in Il brusio della lingua, Einaudi, 1988, pp. 151-159 (Biblioteche di Filosofia e di Scienze antichità filologia moderna) in English, free online: "The Reality Effect", https://ctlsites.uga.edu
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Franco Moretti, "Il secolo serio", in Il romanzo, Vol. 1, parte quarta, Einaudi, 2001, pp. 689-725 (Biblioteca di Anglistica). Available also as "The Serious Century: Vermeer to Austen", in The Novel vol. 1, ed. by Franco Moretti, Princeton University Press.
Sarah Gertrude Millin, God's Stepchildren (1924)
Bessie Head, Maru (1971)
Mtutuzeli Matshoba, "A Glimpse of Slavery" (1979)
André Brink, A Dry White Season (1979)
Sol T. Plaatje, "'Introduction' and 'A Retrospect'", in Native Life in South Africa (1930), Longman, 1987, pp. iv-xv, e 1-14 (Ariel platform).
Peter Blair, "That 'Ugly Word': Miscegenation and the Novel in Preapartheid South Africa", Modern Fiction Studies, Vol. 49, n. 3, 2003. (Unimi database).
Khadidiatou Diallo, "Disclosing the Hidden: The Narration of Thoughts in Bessie Head's Maru", in Commonwealth: Essays and Studies, vol. 34 no. 2, 2012, pp- 31-42. (Unimi database).
André Brink, "After Soweto" (1976), in Mapmakers. Writing in a State of Siege, Faber and Faber, 1983. (Ariel platform).
Nadine Gordimer, "The Moment Before the Gun Went Off"; "Once Upon a Time"; "Some are Born to Sweet Delight" (in Jump and other Stories, 1991)
Zoë Wicomb, You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town (1987). The Feminist Press edition, with an Introduction by Marcia Wright and an Afterword by Carol Sicherman. This edition provides a valuable historical Introduction and a useful Literary Afterword.
J.M. Cotzee, "Realism" (in Elizabeth Costello, 2003)
Zakes Mda, The Whale Caller (2005)
Graham Huggan, "Echoes from Elsewhere: Gordimer's Short Fiction as Social Critique", Research in African Literatures, Vol. 25, no. 1, 1994, pp. 61-73. (Unimi database)
Dorothy Driver, "The Struggle Over the Sign. Writing and History in Zoë Wicomb's Art", Journal of Southern African Studies, 36:3, 2010, pp. 523-542. (Unimi database)
Giuliana Iannaccaro, "Elizabeth Costello", in J.M. Coetzee, Firenze, Le Lettere, 2009, pp. 213-17. (Anglistica Library)
Derek A. Barker, "Escaping the Tyranny of Magic Realism? A Discussion of the Term in Relation to the Novels of Zakes Mda", Postcolonial Text, 4, n. 2, 2008. (Unimi database)
V.S. Naipaul, In a Free State, Picador.
Neel Mukherjee, In a State of Freedom, Chatto, 2018.
Amitav Ghosh, Gun Island, John Murray, 2019.
Vescovi, Alessandro. "The Conversational Quality of Literature: An Interview with Neel Mukherjee." Ariel: A
Review of International English Literature 50.2 (2019): 219-238. (Available online)
Michael Gorra, A Novel That Echoes Naipaul, Exploring the Limits of Freedom, NYThttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/books/review/neel-mukherjee-state-of…
Elena Spandri, "Una poetica per l'urgenza". https://ilmanifesto.it/amitav-ghosh-una-poetica-per-lurgenza/
Further readings will be available on the course website.
Ariel online platform (course website)
All students are expected to check on the Ariel online platform regularly (http://ariel.unimi.it
), as new material will be uploaded during the course. The website also contains general information on the course.
Please do not use e-mail to require information that may be found elsewhere (www.unimi.it
Non-attending students syllabus (Units A and B)
ALL WORKS INDICATED ABOVE FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS, and any materiel uploaded on the online Ariel platform.
HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA
Students are required to read up individually on South African history from the 17th century to the present.
The Cambridge History of South Africa / edited by Carolyn Hamilton, Bernard K. Mbenga, Robert Ross, 2 vols, 2010-11. (Scienze della Storia Library).
Thompson, Leonard, A History of South Africa. Revised Edition, New Haven and London, Yale U.P., 1995 (3rd edition, 2000). (Scienze Politiche Library).
South African History Online (SAHO) http://www.sahistory.org.za/
To study the literary works listed above, we will make use of narratological categories. Non-attending students are required to study a good textbook on narratology and to be able to use it to analyse the literary texts in the reading list.
Particularly useful are the critical essays contained in: The Cambridge History of South African Literature, ed. by D. Attwell and D. Attridge, Cambridge U.P., 2012. (Anglistica Library). This volume can be used to deepen one's knowledge of authors, works, cultural contexts, and literary trends.