Anthropocene, non-human, posthuman: conversations in a World Literature perspective

A.Y. 2020/2021
Course offered to students on the PhD programme in
Overall hours
Lesson period
February 2021
Lead instructor: Giuliana Iannaccaro
This seminar aims to investigate the relatively recent interest, on the part of literary studies, in the concept of the 'Anthropocene'. The seminar, held in Italian, will deal with literatures written in Nordic languages, English, German, Russian and French; the multidisciplinary approach to the chosen topic is granted by the different literary spheres of research of the professors involved. The seminar will be divided into three sections: 1) mythology, ecocriticism, and the Anthropocene (4 hours); 2) the non-human animal in Kafka, Coetzee Tolstoy and others (4 hours); 3) the posthuman: representations and functions of the vegetal and animal element in literature (4 hours). Students will be involved in deep critical analyses of the literary texts proposed in an interdisciplinary perspective.
Assessment methods
Giudizio di approvazione
Assessment result
superato/non superato
How to enrol


The course enrolment deadline is usually the 25th day of the month prior to the start date. More specifically:

  • 27 December 2021 for courses starting in January 2022
  • 25 January 2022 for courses starting in February 2022
  • 25 February 2022 for courses starting in March 2022.

Deadlines for enrolment in other courses will be announced as soon as possible.

How to enrol

  1. Access enrolment on PhD courses online service using your University login details
  2. Select the desired programme and click on Registration (Iscrizione) and then on Register (Iscriviti)

Ignore the option "Exam session date” that appears during the enrolment procedure.


For help please contact

office hours - please book an appointment by email
virtual classroom on Teams. code 0nzjzr4 [office hours will resume as soon as possible, depending on how the emergency situation evolves]
Wednesday, 15:30-18:30, either in person or on Teams. Please send me a mail in advance to make an appointment.
Piazza S. Alessandro 1, Anglistica; or Microsoft Teams Platform
In the Fall semester (teaching period) on Thursdays at 11:00; in the Spring Semester (teaching period) on Thursdays at 15:00. Otherwise, check on the Bacheca on ARIEL. During the sanitary emergency please contact Prof. Loreto by email.
Dept. of Lingue, Anglistica section, third Floor (Sottotetto), piazza Sant'Alessandro 1
Monday, 3 p.m. on Teams (code: 0pl49fy) or at office. Please contact me in advance in order to organize office hours.
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Piazza S. Alessandro, 1
Friday h. 16-19 on Teams, please confirm by email
Thursday between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00. Please use the form to reserve a position
Microsoft Teams. For a different arrangement please see the form