Criticism and Manuals
- Paul Poplawski, English Literature in Context, Cambridge University Press. This is the history of English Literature and literary contexts. Students will prepare chapters 2 and 3, which are available also as separate e-books. If possible, the University Library will buy the e-book.
- Elisabetta Tarantino, Agostino Lombardo, Storia del teatro inglese. L'età di Shakespeare, Carocci. OR Franco Marenco, La parola in scena: La comunicazione teatrale nell'età di Shakespeare, Università Cattolica.
- Dominic Rainsford, Studying Literature in English, Routledge. In particular chapters 1-8 and 11-13.
- Further essays on English Prosody and Moll Flanders will be uploaded onto the course webpages.
- Ballads: "Hind Horn", "Cruel Sister", "Geordie".
- Francesco Petrarca: "Pace non trovo", "Una candida cerva".
- Thomas Wyatt: "I find no peace", "Whoso list to hunt".
- Edmund Spenser: Sonnets 54, 34, 67.
- John Dowland: "Flow my tears", "Come again! Sweet love doth now invite".
- John Donne: "The Flea", "The Sun Rising", "The Indifferent", "A Valediction: Of Weeping", "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning", "Elegy 19. To His Mistress Going to Bed", "The Undertaking", Sonetti 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, 14, "The Good-Morrow"
- John Milton "On His Blindness", Paradise Lost Libro IX; students will read the whole poem in Italian, or read the le knowledge notes on Lion Reference (https://search-proquest-com.pros.lib.unimi.it/lion/docview/2137894951/1…
- William Shakespeare: Sonnets 1, 18, 19, 20, 30, 73, 94, 129, 146.
- William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, ed. By David Daniell, Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury.
- Thomas More: Utopia, Norton Critical Edition.
- John Donne: from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions: "Meditation 17".
- Daniel Defoe: Moll Flanders, Norton Critical Edition.
All literary texts, except prose and theatre volumes, are available on the internet. Some of them will be made available on the course website or on the course team. We recommend using reliable sites such as Gutenberg.org or Literature Online (which can be accessed from the digital library on the University Library web page).
Besides the texts listed 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.
William Shakespeare: Macbeth.
William Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream.
William Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice.
Ben Jonson: The Alchemist.
Christopher Marlowe: Faust.
- Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe.
- Aphra Behn: Orinooko.
- Jonathan Swift: Gullivers Travels (The first two books)
- Samuel Richardson: Pamela.
- Henry Fielding: Tom Jones.
- Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews.
- Laurence Sterne, Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
Students may choose any editions they like for the texts above, including e-books.
Ariel and Teams
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. During the teaching weeks, Teams will also be used; please use access code citczik.
Please do not use e-mail to require information that may be found elsewhere (www.unimi.it
Syllabus for non-attending students
In addition to everything listed above, non-attending students will study:
- Franca Rossi, Ancore e vele. Poesia, teatro e prosa in Inghilterra dal Cinquecento al primo Settecento, Milano, CUEM, 2007. (Anglistica Library e in PDF on Ariel).
- Rhian Williams, The Poetry Toolkit. The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry, Bloomsbury, 2019. (Anglistica Library).
- Erasmus students: Hattaway, Michael, A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, Blackwell, 2003 (Anglistica Library).
Sara Sullam, Daniel Defoe, Mimesis.
- 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 online library may also be useful (Unimi Homepage > Libraries > list of databases). In particular, LION database (Literature Online) contains valuable reference material, like LION (Literature Online) > Reference > KnowledgeNotes™ Student Guides > Shakespeare, Macbeth.