From the Mayflower to the Enterprise: ships, boats, rafts, and spaceships in US culture
Dal Mayflower all’Enterprise: navi, battelli, zattere e astronavi nella storia della cultura USA
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|Alessandra Calanchi||on appointment|
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Course partially taught in a foreign language
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.
Assigned to the Degree Course
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Students will have a direct knowledge of Anglo-American culture from a geo-historical perspective, through the protagonists and the main movements of literature, cinema, and politics.
During the course we shall study Anglo-American history, geography, and culture focussing in particular on the importance of ships and navigation. We shall specifically deal with such concepts as voyage, escape, and resistance. Among our guests: Marco Morini (US elections), Andrea Laquidara (film and soundscape studies), Stefano Luconi (author of La nazione indispensabile), and Cesare Cioni (author of Data Astrale 2016.9 - Cinquant’anni di Star Trek).
Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)
Detect / create continuities with previously acquired knowledge;
Acquire specific jargon;
Understand US cultural-historical identity;
Find intersections and interfaces between disciplines (history, geography, film studies, political science, etc.);
To be able to apply the methodology of study and research to other aspects of US culture
The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it
Books, articles, Internet material, audiovisual material
Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment
Lectures, class discussion, films; study at home
- Course books
1) Stefano Luconi, La "nazione indispensabile". Storia degli Stati Uniti dalle origini a oggi, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2016.
2) Alessandra Calanchi, Alieni a stelle e strisce. Marte e i marziani nell’immaginario USA, Aras Edizioni, Fano 2015.
3) Alessandra Calanchi e Andrea Laquidara (ed.), Prospettive sonore. Percezione & mediazione, Galaad Edizioni, Giulianova 2016
4) Cesare Cioni, Data Astrale 2016.9 - Cinquant’anni di Star Trek, Ultra (Castelvecchi) 2016
5) slides (dr. M. Morini) in the “Materiali didattici”
Written exam in Italian (questionnaire with 31 multiple-choice questions)
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