English literature 1

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
This teaching is the first step in the three-year course in English literature, which is organised chronologically; it is addressed to first year undergraduate students. The course covers Early Modern and Restoration literature (1530-1700) and presents literary works in their historical, cultural and literary context. The programme is divided into three didactic units, which deal with poetry, prose and drama: students will be taught to read in context and to analyse critically a selection of complex literary works.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: by the end of the course, students will be able to contextualise (historical, cultural, literary context) both literary texts and writers in programme. They will also have a very good knowledge of the literary works proposed.
Linguistic competence: to be able to read and translate the literary texts in programme; non-Italian students will be asked to paraphrase the same in English.
Literary competence: to be able to analyse critically a selection of complex literary works, and to connect different authors, texts and literary trends.
Course syllabus and organization

A (A-K)

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course is entitled Between Heaven and Earth: Early Modern English Literature (1530-1700) and it consists of the following didactic units:
A) Early modern verse: imitation and innovation
B) On the Renaissance stage: 'miracles' and wonders
C) The several forms of Early modern narrative
Unit A deals with the various forms that English verse inherits from the classical and Renaissance tradition, together with some of the most remarkable and original poetic works of the period. Unit B engages with the analysis of an entire dramatic text: questions of production, staging, and contextualisation are tackled, together with the exploration of the enchanting dramatic language of the English stage and the investigation of characters who are still alive in the collective contemporary imagination. Unit C deals with the multifarious forms of prose writing of the period, with a particular emphasis on narrative works, in order to introduce students to the investigation of the English novel that will take place in the second year course.
It is highly recommended to attend classes, since the teaching method employed (student involvement in the learning process) facilitates exam preparation.
The course bears 9 credits. It is not possible to take the exam only for 6 credits.
The course syllabus is valid until September 2021.
Prerequisites for admission
Having taken and passed the English language test administered by the degree course.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: lectures with close reading, analysis and contextualisation of the works in the reading list; whenever possible, both scenes from visual material (like films and performances) and poetry reading/singing will be used in class; constant involvement of students in the analytical and critical process of learning.
Teaching Resources
General bibliography
The Norton Anthology of English Literature. It contains all the texts in the reading list (entire works excluded); the introductions to the periods are very useful to graspe the early modern historical and cultural context.
Students will be examined on the following introductions :
The Sixteenth Century (1485-1603): Introduction and Timeline
The Early Seventeenth Century (1603-1660): Introduction and Timeline
The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century (1660-1785): Introduction and Timeline. (To be studied until c. 1700)
The essay "Literary Terminology" to be found at the end of the volume (any edition).

Further compulsory reading:
Franca Rossi, Ancore e vele. Poesia, teatro e prosa in Inghilterra dal Cinquecento al primo Settecento, Milano, CUEM, 2007. (Anglistica library and in PDF on Ariel platform).
Rhian Williams, The Poetry Toolkit. The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry, Bloomsbury, 2019. (Anglistica library).
Franco Marenco, La parola in scena: La comunicazione teatrale nell'età di Shakespeare, Torino, UTET, 2004. (Anglistica library).
Unità didattica A
All texts can be found in the Norton Anthology, unless otherwise stated.
THE BALLAD:
"Riddles Wisely Expounded" (Child Ballad 1A, Ariel platform).
"Lord Randall" (Norton Anthology and Ariel platform)
THE SONNET:
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73, "That time of year thou mayst in me behold".
John Donne, from Holy Sonnets: Holy Sonnet 14, "Batter my heart, three-personed God; for you".
John Milton, "When I consider how my light is spent".
SONGS, ELEGIES, HYMNS:
John Donne, from Songs and Sonnets: "The Good Morrow"; "The Canonization" Elegy 19, "To his Mistress Going to Bed".
John Donne, from Holy Sonnets: "A Hymn to God the Father".
George Herbert, from The Temple: "Easter Wings"; "The Collar" (Ariel platform).
THE EPIC POEM:
John Milton, from Paradise Lost: Book 1, vv. 1-75; Book 4, vv. 288-324.
Unità didattica B
William Shakespeare, Othello, in the following edition:
William Shakespeare, Othello. The Oxford Shakespeare (edited by Michael Neill, 2006).
Unità didattica C
All texts can be found in the Norton Anthology, unless otherwise stated.
Anne Askew, from The First Examination of Anne Askew (Norton Selection).
John Foxe, from Acts and Monuments: "The Death of Anne Askew".
John Donne, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions: "Meditation 17".
John Bunyan, from The Pilgrim's Progress [Christian sets out for the Celestial City] and [Vanity Fair].
Daniel Defoe, "The Preface to Moll Flanders" (Ariel platform).

Further compulsory reading
Besides the texts indicated for Units A, B, and C, all students must read one work from each of the following groups (THREE TEXTS in all).
The individual reading of these volumes is compulsory, and it will be ascertained during the exam.
The edition "World Classics" is suggested, but not compulsory.

Group 1
William Shakespeare, Macbeth
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Group 2
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, Oxford World Classics
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, Oxford World Classics
Group 3
Samuel Richardson, Pamela, Oxford World Classics
Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews, Oxford World Classics

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, www.lingue.unimi.it, https://www.unimi.it/it/chi-e-dove)

Non-attending students syllabus
ALL WORKS INDICATED ABOVE FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS. In addition:
Stefano Colangelo, Come si legge una poesia, Carocci, 2003. (Filologia moderna Library).
Rocco Coronato, Leggere Shakespeare, Roma, Carocci - Le Bussole, 2017.
Erasmus students: Hattaway, Michael, A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, Blackwell, 2003 (Anglistica Library).
SUGGESTED READING:
Storia della civiltà letteraria inglese, a cura di Franco Marenco, UTET, 1996. (Anglistica library). Useful to catch up with literary history and to investigate single writers.
Unimi database can also be useful (Unimi Homepage > Libraries > list of databases). In particular, LION database (Literature Online) contains helpful reference material, like: LION (Literature Online) > Reference > KnowledgeNotes™ Student Guides > Shakespeare, Othello.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam: It consists in an oral interview assessed in thirtieths; 18/30 is the pass score.
The interview will ascertain: the capacity of students to read and translate the literary texts in the course syllabus (non-Italian students will be asked to paraphrase the same in English); their knowledge of the historical, cultural, and literary context of both texts and writers proposed; their knowledge of the literary works proposed; their critical abilities (their capacity to analyse the literary works, and to connect different authors, texts and literary trends).
It is possible to take the exam both in Italian and in English.
The final score is expressed in thirtieths; students may accept or reject the mark (in that case the record will be "ritirato", and they will have to take the whole exam again in a future session).

International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teacher. Also students with any disabilities should contact the teacher in order to agree on alternative examination methods, in agreement with the competent office.

To take the exam, it is mandatory:
To bring along all literary texts listed in this syllabus, on paper.
To bring along all literary texts in English.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

B (L-Z)

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course is entitled Between Heaven and Earth: Early Modern English Literature (1530-1700) and it consists of the following didactic units:
A) Early modern verse: imitation and innovation
B) On the Renaissance stage: 'miracles' and wonders
C) The several forms of Early modern narrative
Unit A deals with the various forms that English verse inherits from the classical and Renaissance tradition, together with some of the most remarkable and original poetic works of the period. Unit B engages with the analysis of an entire dramatic text: questions of production, staging, and contextualisation are tackled, together with the exploration of the enchanting dramatic language of the English stage and the investigation of characters who are still alive in the collective contemporary imagination. Unit C deals with the multifarious forms of prose writing of the period, with a particular emphasis on narrative works, in order to introduce students to the investigation of the English novel that will take place in the second year course.
It is highly recommended to attend classes, since the teaching method employed (student involvement in the learning process) facilitates exam preparation.
The course bears 9 credits. It is not possible to take the exam only for 6 credits.
The course syllabus is valid until September 2021.
Prerequisites for admission
Having taken and passed the English language test administered by the degree course.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: lectures with close reading, analysis and contextualisation of the works in the reading list; whenever possible, both scenes from visual material (like films and performances) and poetry reading/singing will be used in class; constant involvement of students in the analytical and critical process of learning.
Teaching Resources
General bibliography
The Norton Anthology of English Literature. It contains all the texts in the reading list (entire works excluded); the introductions to the periods are very useful to graspe the early modern historical and cultural context.
Students will be examined on the following introductions :
The Sixteenth Century (1485-1603): Introduction and Timeline
The Early Seventeenth Century (1603-1660): Introduction and Timeline
The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century (1660-1785): Introduction and Timeline. (To be studied until c. 1700)
The essay "Literary Terminology" to be found at the end of the volume (any edition).

Further compulsory reading:
Franca Rossi, Ancore e vele. Poesia, teatro e prosa in Inghilterra dal Cinquecento al primo Settecento, Milano, CUEM, 2007. (Anglistica library and in PDF on Ariel platform).
Rhian Williams, The Poetry Toolkit. The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry, Bloomsbury, 2019. (Anglistica library).
Franco Marenco, La parola in scena: La comunicazione teatrale nell'età di Shakespeare, Torino, UTET, 2004. (Anglistica library).
Unità didattica A
All texts can be found in the Norton Anthology, unless otherwise stated.
THE BALLAD:
"Riddles Wisely Expounded" (Child Ballad 1A, Ariel platform).
"Lord Randall" (Norton Anthology and Ariel platform)
THE SONNET:
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73, "That time of year thou mayst in me behold".
John Donne, from Holy Sonnets: Holy Sonnet 14, "Batter my heart, three-personed God; for you".
John Milton, "When I consider how my light is spent".
SONGS, ELEGIES, HYMNS:
John Donne, from Songs and Sonnets: "The Good Morrow"; "The Canonization" Elegy 19, "To his Mistress Going to Bed".
John Donne, from Holy Sonnets: "A Hymn to God the Father".
George Herbert, from The Temple: "Easter Wings"; "The Collar" (Ariel platform).
THE EPIC POEM:
John Milton, from Paradise Lost: Book 1, vv. 1-75; Book 4, vv. 288-324.
Unità didattica B
William Shakespeare, Othello, in the following edition:
William Shakespeare, Othello. The Oxford Shakespeare (edited by Michael Neill, 2006).
Unità didattica C
All texts can be found in the Norton Anthology, unless otherwise stated.
Anne Askew, from The First Examination of Anne Askew (Norton Selection).
John Foxe, from Acts and Monuments: "The Death of Anne Askew".
John Donne, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions: "Meditation 17".
John Bunyan, from The Pilgrim's Progress [Christian sets out for the Celestial City] and [Vanity Fair].
Daniel Defoe, "The Preface to Moll Flanders" (Ariel platform).

Further compulsory reading
Besides the texts indicated for Units A, B, and C, all students must read one work from each of the following groups (THREE TEXTS in all).
The individual reading of these volumes is compulsory, and it will be ascertained during the exam.
The edition "World Classics" is suggested, but not compulsory.

Group 1
William Shakespeare, Macbeth
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Group 2
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, Oxford World Classics
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, Oxford World Classics
Group 3
Samuel Richardson, Pamela, Oxford World Classics
Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews, Oxford World Classics

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, www.lingue.unimi.it, https://www.unimi.it/it/chi-e-dove)

Non-attending students syllabus
ALL WORKS INDICATED ABOVE FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS. In addition:
Stefano Colangelo, Come si legge una poesia, Carocci, 2003. (Filologia moderna Library).
Rocco Coronato, Leggere Shakespeare, Roma, Carocci - Le Bussole, 2017.
Erasmus students: Hattaway, Michael, A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, Blackwell, 2003 (Anglistica Library).
SUGGESTED READING:
Storia della civiltà letteraria inglese, a cura di Franco Marenco, UTET, 1996. (Anglistica library). Useful to catch up with literary history and to investigate single writers.
Unimi database can also be useful (Unimi Homepage > Libraries > list of databases). In particular, LION database (Literature Online) contains helpful reference material, like: LION (Literature Online) > Reference > KnowledgeNotes™ Student Guides > Shakespeare, Othello.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam: It consists in an oral interview assessed in thirtieths; 18/30 is the pass score.
The interview will ascertain: the capacity of students to read and translate the literary texts in the course syllabus (non-Italian students will be asked to paraphrase the same in English); their knowledge of the historical, cultural, and literary context of both texts and writers proposed; their knowledge of the literary works proposed; their critical abilities (their capacity to analyse the literary works, and to connect different authors, texts and literary trends).
It is possible to take the exam both in Italian and in English.
The final score is expressed in thirtieths; students may accept or reject the mark (in that case the record will be "ritirato", and they will have to take the whole exam again in a future session).

International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teacher. Also students with any disabilities should contact the teacher in order to agree on alternative examination methods, in agreement with the competent office.

To take the exam, it is mandatory:
To bring along all literary texts listed in this syllabus, on paper.
To bring along all literary texts in English.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours