English literature 1

A.Y. 2020/2021
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-K)

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
At the beginning of the course, a Microsoft Teams channel will be available, where classes will take place in the case of a further restriction of classroom activities. To enter the team, please use the code citczik.
Online classes will follow the same schedule as those in the classroom.
Course syllabus
The course is entitled"Blood into Ink": Early Modern English Literature (1530-1700) and it consists of the following units:
A) Reading Renaissance English Literature: Otherness and Familiarity
B) History and Contemporaneity of the Elizabethan Theatre
C) From Speculative Prose to Novels

Unit A deals with the various forms that English verse inherits from the classical and Renaissance traditions, together with some of the most remarkable and original poetic works of the period.
Unit B engages with the analysis of a drama: 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 early modern period, with a particular emphasis on narrative works, pointing out how speculative and diaristic prose paves the way to the novel.
Class attendance is highly recommended since the teaching method employed (student involvement in the learning process) facilitates the preparation of the exam.
The course bears 9 credits. It is not possible to take the exam for 6 credits only.
The course syllabus is valid until September 2022.
Prerequisites for admission
Having taken and passed the English language test administered by the degree course. Some parts of the programme may be discussed in Italian, therefore a knowledge of the language is taken for granted.
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
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.

Literary Texts:
- POETRY
- 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.
- THEATRE
- William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, ed. By David Daniell, Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury.
PROSE
- 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.
1st Group
William Shakespeare: Macbeth.
William Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream.
William Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice.
Ben Jonson: The Alchemist.
Christopher Marlowe: Faust.

2nd Group
- Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe.
- Aphra Behn: Orinooko.
- Jonathan Swift: Gullivers Travels (The first two books)

3rd Group
- 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, www.lingue.unimi.it, https://www.unimi.it/it/chi-e-dove)


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.
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 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.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in an oral interview assessed in thirtieths; 18/30 is the passing 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 in the programme; 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 retake the whole exam in a future session).

International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teacher. Likewise, students with any disabilities are kindly asked to 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.
- 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

(L-Z)

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
At the beginning of the course, a Microsoft Teams channel will be available, where classes will take place in case of a further restriction of classroom activities.
Online classes will follow the same schedule as those in the classroom.
Course syllabus
The course is entitled "All that glisters is not gold": Early Modern English Literature (1530-1700) and it consists of the following didactic units:
A) Early modern verse: imitation and innovation
B) From speculative prose to novels
C) Shakespeare and the English Renaissance stage

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 deals with the multifarious forms of prose writing of the period in order to introduce students to the investigation of the English novel that will take place in the second year course.
Unit C 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.
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 2022.
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; both scenes from visual material (like films and stage 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 grasp 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:
Elisabetta Tarantino, Agostino Lombardo, Storia del teatro inglese. L'età di Shakespeare, Carocci, 2001 or Franco Marenco, La parola in scena: La comunicazione teatrale nell'età di Shakespeare, UTET, 2004. (Anglistica library)

Unit A

All texts can be found in the Norton Anthology, unless otherwise stated.

THE BALLAD:
"The Three Ravens"
"Lord Randall"

THE SONNET:
Thomas Wyatt, "My Galley"
Edmund Spenser, Sonnet 34 (Amoretti)
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 55 and Sonnet 73
John Donne, Sonnet 14 (Holy Sonnets)
John Milton, "When I consider how my light is spent"

SONGS and HYMNS:
John Donne, "The Good Morrow", "The Canonization" "A Hymn to God the Father"

THE EPIC POEM:
John Milton, Paradise Lost: Book 1, vv. 1-75; Book 4, vv. 288-324, Book 12, vv. 606-649.

Unit B
All texts can be found in the Norton Anthology, unless otherwise stated.
John Milton, Areopagitica
John Donne, "Meditation 17" (Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions)
John Dryden, "Two sorts of bad poetry", "Shakespeare and Ben Jonson compared"
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, Norton Critical Edition

Unit C
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice ed. by John Drakakis, Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury, 2011.


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.

Group 1
Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
Ben Jonson, The Alchemist
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Group 2
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko.
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels (first two books)

Group 3
Samuel Richardson, Pamela
Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews
Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy


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:

Franca Rossi, Ancore e vele. Poesia, teatro e prosa in Inghilterra dal Cinquecento al primo Settecento, CUEM, 2007. (Anglistica library and in PDF on Ariel platform).
Rhian Williams, The Poetry Toolkit. The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry, Bloomsbury, 2019.

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™
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 in Italian or 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.
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
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