Anglophone Cultures

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/10
Language
English
Learning objectives
The course "Culture anglofone" pursues the general and specific objectives presented in the "Manifesto degli studi 2018-2019" of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication (L-12). Here follows the modulation of the objectives as developed within the framework of the course.

- Knowledge and understanding
Students will gain knowledge and understanding of
· the approaches of Cultural Studies on contemporary issues and contexts mainly in English-speaking countries
· the basics of Postcolonial Theory
· the historical process of colonisation and decolonisation mainly in the British empire
· the notions of empire, post-empire, postcolonialism, and the language(s) of the empire
· the notions of power, ideology, hegemony and the ways they are reflected in cultures
· the issues of indigeneity, identity, alterity, difference, hybridity
· the conditions of cultural production
· the discourses and practices of dissent and resistance
· a range of cultural practices, productions (visual art, films, writing, music and performances), and literary texts, primarily in English

Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will apply their acquired knowledge and understanding to
· close read and analyse cultural productions and literary texts
· select and synthesise relevant information
· debate and discuss relevant texts and issues in the class and in groups
· produce brief oral or written work consistent with the topics of the course

Making judgements
Students will acquire the following skills relevant to making judgements:
· adopt intercultural and plural perspectives of analysis
· develop analytical and critical attitudes towards cultural productions and literary texts
· draw comparisons and establish connections between the various contexts under scrutiny and the personal situated experience

Communication skills
The course will enable students to
· present their own work to an audience of peers
· organise and structure group work among peers
· use IT technology to support both academic work and networking

Learning skills
Through active participation and independent work, students will be able to
· undertake further study with a higher degree of intellectual curiosity, autonomy, and ability to discriminate
· transfer the acquired skills to related fields of analysis
· apply a methodological approach to future research.
Expected learning outcomes
Acquired knowledge and skills will match the objectives of the course by allowing students to select, contextualise, critically analyse, and discuss the cultural practices and productions of English-speaking countries. This will be done from a variety of perspectives and using the methodological approach of Cultural Studies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Due to Covid-19 and the uncertainties still regarding the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022, the course of Anglophone Cultures MED will be delivered online. This will be applied during the first term of the academic year 2021-2022 and will not affect the general objectives of the course. The programme and teaching materials are the same in the case of classroom and remote teaching.
Course syllabus
The course is particularly interesting for students who wish to know more of the cultures of English-speaking countries. The programme will offer an overview of the history of the British Empire and its colonies in the nineteenth century and will discuss the struggles for liberation, the dynamics of resistance, the formation of national and cultural identities, and the articulation of postcolonial practices and cultures. The theoretical and methodological approach of Cultural Studies will be used in combination with Postcolonial Studies with special reference to up-to-date current debates. The course will present some important postcolonial notions that have become particularly relevant from the Sixties onwards, i.e. cultural practices, difference, alterity, resistance, subalternity, history, stories, power, translation, borders and movement. As case studies, special focus will be on the notions of "apartheid" and "indigeneity", in the contexts of South Africa and Canada, and of "race". Significant texts will be examined in order to interpret our historical moment of global migration and the relocation of identities from a political perspective.
Module 1 - 3 credits - "Na you de ask? Na me de tell de tori, no be you?". Colonial history and postcolonial stories: The British Empire and the Postcolony. Postcolonial Studies and Cultural Studies: Some selected keywords
Module 2 - 3 credits - Cultural Studies for the present and the future: cultural and pedagogical perspectives for social activism
Module 3 - 3 credits - Two key notions for "difference/race" from a postcolonial perspective: "apartheid" and "indigeneity" with reference to South Africa and Canada
Prerequisites for admission
Students must have passed the exam "Cultura inglese I" (not for exchange students). They should have a good level of English language competence. Basic Italian is advisable for international students.
Teaching methods
Lectures will be delivered online on Microsoft Teams platform. They will be synchronous according to the official timetable. Class discussion and debates are welcome. The course programme and materials will be available on the ARIEL website of the course. Students will be informed of any changes during classes. Attendance is highly recommended, however not compulsory. Classes will be entirely in English, with very few exceptions in Italian.
Teaching Resources
Methodology:
· Grossberg, Lawrence. Gli Studi Culturali, il lavoro intellettuale e la pratica politica. Saggi 2015-2021. Introduzione, traduzione e cura di Claudia Gualtieri e Roberto Pedretti. Milano, Unicopli, 2021.
Exchange students who are not proficient in Italian will be informed of Grossberg's essays in English.

Literature:
· Boehmer, Elleke, La ragazza che parlava zulu e altri racconti, Roma, Historica, 2019. The book can be bought on the publisher's website: https://www.historicaedizioni.com/libri/la-ragazza-che-parlava-zulu-e-a… (avoid other providers and order the book well in advance, delivery time is quite long).
For exchange students who are not proficient in Italian: Elleke Boehmer, Sharmilla, and Other Stories, Johannesburg, Jacana, 2010.

Essays:
· Reinhard, Wolfgang, "Colonisation and Colonialism, History of", 2015. Available on the ARIEL website of the course.
· Mbembe, Achille, "The Universal Right to Breathe." Critical Inquiry Blog, April 13, 2020. Accesso libero al link: https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/04/13/the-universal-right-to-breathe/
· De Genova, N., Mezzadra, S., Pickles, J. eds, "New Keywords: Migration and Borders", Cultural Studies 29, 1, 2015, pp. 55-87. Available in the university digital library.
· Gualtieri, Claudia. "Né qui / né là: scrivere (e leggere) di tanti mondi", in Boehmer, Elleke, La ragazza che parlava zulu e altri racconti, Roma, Historica, 2019, pp. 5-35.
· Radcliffe, Sarah A., "Geography and Indigeneity I: Indigeneity, coloniality and knowledge", Progress in Human Geography, 21, 2, 2017, pp. 220-229. Available in the university digital library.
· Hunt, Sarah, "Ontologies of Indigeneity: the politics of embodying a concept", Cultural Geographies, 21, 1, 2014, pp. 27-32. Available in the university digital library.

Analysis and critical comment of the following websites:
· Beat Nation: Hip hop as indigenous culture
http://www.beatnation.org/
· Nicholas Galanin, Tsu Heidei Shugaxtutaan Part 1 and 2, 2008, Vancouver Art Gallery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue30aKV1LF8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg2c1jtm59o
· Sacred Clown by Skeens Reece
https://vimeo.com/17194273
· Michelle Latimer, Choke, 2010
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLMssWFJD7A
· Walking with our sisters
http://walkingwithoursisters.ca/
· The Respect to Bill Reid Pole
http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/virtual-exhibits/exhibit/the-respect-to-bil…
· Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver https://moa.ubc.ca/
· The Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg
https://manitobamuseum.ca/
· Manitoba Metis Federation
http://www.mmf.mb.ca/who_are_the_metis.php
· National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
https://nctr.ca/
Study materials, readings and exam procedures are the same for attending and non-attending students.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral test. The oral test will take place in presence. Marks will be 30/30. At the beginning of the course students will receive information on assessment procedures and criteria. The test may be taken in English or Italian depending on the student's choice. Students will be tested through analytical and critical discussions of the materials in the programme. Marks and excellence will be awarded for coherent organisation of comments, proficient and accurate language use, critical depth in reading the materials, original thinking in the presentation, capacity of establishing accurate and creative connections between theory and practice, correct historical and cultural contextualisation of the examined texts, events, and practices. For students attending the course, individual contributions to the lessons will be appreciated.
L-LIN/10 - ENGLISH LITERATURE - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Gualtieri Claudia
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