- Philippe Lejeune, Il patto autobiografico, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1986 (Le pacte autobiographique, 1975): Part I, Part III and Afterword (postfazione). [Libraries: Anglistica, Filologia Moderna, Filosofia, e altre].
- White, Hayden, "The Historical Text as Literary Artifact", in Tropics of Discourse. Essays in Cultural Criticism, The Johns Hopkins UP, 1978 [Scienze Politiche library and uploaded on platform].
- In addition to the following reading list, students will study ALL MATERIALS UPLOADED ON THE DIDACTIC PLATFORM before or during the course.
- Can Themba, "Crepuscule" and "The Will to Die", in The Will to Die (1972). [On platform].
- Miriam Tlali, "Soweto Hijack! A Story of our Times", Staffrider, 1:1 (1978), pp. 12-20. https://www.sahistory.org.za/archive/staffrider-vol-i-no-i-march-1978
- Hooper, Myrtle, 2017, "Jean Hart and 'Crepuscule': Remembering Sophiatown", English Academy Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 7-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/10131752.2017.1406031
- Androne, Mary Jane, 2013, "Writing Apartheid: Miriam Tlali's Soweto Stories", in Bryce, J. et al. (eds.), Writing Africa in the Short Story: African Literature Today, Woodbridge, James Currey, pp. 25-39 [Unimi database].
- J. M. Coetzee, Summertime (2009).
- J. M. Coetzee, "Truth in Autobiography" [on platform].
- J. M. Coetzee, "Autobiography and Confession" and "Retrospect", in Doubling the Point. Essays and Interviews, ed. by David Attwel, Harvard UP, 1992, pp. 243-293 and 391-395 [Anglistica library and if possible on platform].
- Zoë Wicomb, David's Story (2000).
- Giuliana Iannaccaro, "Sudafricani, coloured, griqua: i cerchi concentrici di David's Story" [Unimi database].
- Fiona Mc Cann, "'The Truth Lies in Black and White'. The Language of Truth and the Search for Coloured Identity in Zoë Wicomb's David's Story", Caliban, Vol. 21 (2007), pp. 213-223, https://doi.org/10.4000/caliban.1949
- Dietrich Rothermund, Storia dell'India, Il Mulino.
- Esterino Adami, Carmen Concilio, and Alessandro Vescovi (eds.), Crossing the Shadow Lines : Essays on the Topicality of Amitav Ghosh's Modern Classic, Quaderni di Ricognizioni, https://doi.org/10.13135/2420-7969/11
- Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children, any edition.
- Amitav Ghosh, The Shadow Lines, any edition.
ADDITIONAL READING LIST FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS:
PARTS A and B
In addition to the above bibliography (and to any new material uploaded on platform), students are required to read up individually on the South African history from the 17th century to the present. Suggested references:
1. The Cambridge History of South Africa / edited by Carolyn Hamilton, Bernard K. Mbenga, Robert Ross, 2 vols, 2010-11. (Scienze della Storia Library).
2. Thompson, Leonard, A History of South Africa. Revised Edition, New Haven and London, Yale U.P., 1995 (3rd edition, 2000). (Scienze Politiche Library).
3. South African History Online (SAHO) http://www.sahistory.org.za/
Particularly useful are the critical essays contained in The Cambridge History of South African Literature, ed. by D. Attwell and D. Attridge, Cambridge U.P., 2012. (Anglistica Library). This volume can be used to deepen one's knowledge of authors, works, cultural contexts, and literary trends.
- Metcalf and Metcalf, A Concise History of Modern India, Cambridge University Press, online on Cambridge core. Esp. chapters 7 and 8.
- David W Price. Salman Rushdie's "Use and Abuse of History" in "Midnight's Children". Ariel 25.2, 1984. Online.
- Clement Hawes, Leading History by the Nose: The Turn to the Eighteenth Century in Midnight's Children, online on Lion.