Argomento del corso: Late Victorian and Twentieth Century Literature and Drama
Literature and Society (60 ore, 9 CFU)
Unit A (20 ore, 3 CFU): Introspection, Experimentation and Socio-political Issues in the Novel
Unit B (20 ore, 3 CFU): War and its Impact, Socio-political Upheavals in Twentieth Century Poetry
UnitC (20 ore, 3 CFU): Drama and Theatre, Seeking to Heighten Audience Awareness of Social Issues
The programme is for 3-rd year students specializing in Foreign Languages and Literatures, whose surnames are in the A to K range. Students are obliged to study for 9 CFU and must complete the entire programme. The programme is valid until the exam session in February 2020 (included).
Presentation of the Course
The programme covers significant works in the canon from the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, focusing on genres (novels, poetry and drama), stylistic features and how the texts set up what is a complex dialogue with the society around them. Unit A explores novelists, whose work stands on a spectrum, ranging from experimental and introspective novels to ones, which make a statement about social and ideological issues. Unit B is devoted to poetical texts that chart the crises triggered by two World Wars and in the aftermath of World War Two highlight more recent questions which society is grappling with. Unit C shows how theatre throughout the twentieth century and in the new millennium has sometimes acted as an arena for debate on key issues, such as identity, gender, multiculturalism, religion.
To sit the 3rd year examination, students need to have passed the 2nd year English Literature and Language exams. This requirement, however, does not prevent students from attending the 3rd year Literature course.
A knowledge of several fundamental works in the English literary canon and an ability to carry out a critical analysis. Students should also be familiar with the literary and socio-political contexts of the texts in the programme.
Arturo Cattaneo, Short History of English Literature. From the Victorians to the Present, vol.2, Milano, Mondadori, 2011
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Stephen Greenblatt (ed.), New York, Norton.
Giovanni Cianci, Modernismo/Modernismi. Dall'avanguardia storica agli anni Trenta e oltre, Milano, Principato, 1991 (the introduction and two chapters of your choice)
Marcello Pagnini, "Difficoltà e oscurità: il linguaggio del Modernismo", in Storia della civiltà letteraria inglese (III vol., pp. 24-41), a cura di F. Marenco, Torino, UTET, 1996. (In the biblioteca di Anglistica.
Margaret Rose, Il teatro Inglese dell'Ottocento e del Novecento, Roma, Carocci, 2000 (the part dealing with the period covered in the programme).
Students will be invited to attend two events at Bookcity in November and attend some theatre productions. These activities will be presented at the beginning of the course.
Programme for students attending the course:
D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, 1920, any edition in English
Why the Novel Matters, 1936, Norton Anthology
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, 1929, Norton Anthology
Modern Fiction, 1925, Norton Anthology
Orlando, any edition,
G. Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, 1933 (any edition)
1984 (any edition)
Lady Chatterley's Lover, dir. Jed Mercurio, 2015
Orwell 1984, dir. Michael Radford, 1984
Rupert Brooke, "The Dead" (The Norton Anthology)
Wilfred Owen, "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" (The Norton Anthology)
Five poems by women about the First World War in The Forgotten Army, edited by Nora Jones and Liz Ward, Ledizioni, Milan, 2018, forthcoming.
T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (The Norton Anthology) (However we advise the following critical edition: Thomas S. Eliot, La terra desolata, introduzione, traduzione e note di Alessandro Serpieri, testo originale a fronte, Rizzoli, 1982. This edition is compulsory for students who do not attend the course).
Tony Harrison, "V." (at the Biblioteca di Anglistica: Tony Harrison, V. e altre poesie, M. Bacigalupo (ed.), Torino, Einaudi, 1996.).
Jan Noble, "My Name is Swan" and "Reynard, the Fox', unpublished poem and film, 2016.
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, any edition
G.B. Shaw, Pygmalion, any edition
Arnold Wesker, The Kitchen, any edition
David Hare, Racing Demon, any edition
Alan Bennett, A Chip in the Sugar, any edition
Mark Haddon and Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, edited by Paul Bunyan, Bloomsbury, 2003
The Important of Being Earnest, dir A. Asquith, 1952
A Chip in the Sugar, BBC, dir. S. Burge, 1987.
Students not attending the Course
Students who have not attended the course, should read the same texts and bibliography as the students who have attended. At the end of the semester, some additional critical essays will be posted on the website for students who have not attended.
La versione definitiva del programma e materiali aggiuntivi saranno reperibili alla pagina web del corso, sul portale on-line per la didattica Ariel (http://ariel.unimi.it
). Tutti gli studenti sono tenuti a consultarla con regolarità, e prima di presentarsi all'esame.
Gli studenti internazionali o Erasmus incoming sono invitati a prendere tempestivamente contatto col docente titolare del corso.
Le modalità d'esame per studenti con disabilità e/o con DSA dovranno essere concordate col docente, in accordo con l'Ufficio competente.