Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Alessandra Calanchi on appointment
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
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

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

Detect / create continuities with previously acquired knowledge;

Acquire specific jargon;

Acquire critical instruments of analysis;

Recognize the literary text as an arena of negotiation between the past and the present;

Understand US cultural-literary identity;

Be able to distinguish between different genres and authors;

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 course offers a general survey of the history of Anglo-American literature and focusses on its main movements, authors, and genres. The texts will be studied in context. In particular, we shall concentrate on detection, from divination to detective and crime fiction. 

Bridging Courses


Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- knowledge and understanding of historical-cultural context, critical instrument for text analysis to study Anglo-American literature from the origins to the 19th century (1st year) and from the 19th century to today (second year)

-applying knowledge and understanding to literary analysis

- making judgements - the student can analyze and evaluate texts and form personal opinions about different ethnic grouops aand genres

- communication skills:the student understands and appreciates difference and other cultures

-learning skills:the student can write a bibliography and use methods of research in order to be able to contuinue their studies in the Laurea Magistrale (AngloAmerican Literature) 

Teaching Material

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

Supporting Activities

Books, articles, the Internet, conferences, films.

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures, class discussion; study at home


Not compulsory

Course books

Literature (First year: ‘600-‘800; second year: 900-today)

Guido Fink et altri, Storia della letteratura americana, or

http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/uploads/images/HgvMMY8lezLAI9A1tuVIhg/outline_of_american_literature.pdf or


History (First year: ‘600-‘800; second year: 900-today)

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/US_History or


Readings (First year) (‘600- ‘800):

Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity (excerpts), Bradstreet (“The Flesh and the Spirit”), Melville (“Bartleby”), Hawthorne (“Wakefield”), Emerson (“Nature”), Whitman (“Song of Myself”, first 50 lines), Dickinson (some poems), James (“The Beast in the Jungle”)

Readings (Second year) (‘900-today):

Ginsberg (“Howl”), Frost (“Mending Wall”), Malamud (“The Magic Barrel”), Volo di ritorno (ed. M.G.Fabi, Le Lettere), La vittima di S.Bellow (ed. A.Calanchi, Mondadori)

Detection and Crime fiction

E. A. Poe: “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “The Purloined Letter”, “The Man of the Crowd”

R. Chandler: “Red Wind”

E. Hemingway: “The Killers”

S. Glaspell: “Trifles”

W. Allen: “Mr. Big”

R. Emerson, The Divining Rod, a cura di A. Calanchi (Galaad 2016)

A. Calanchi (a cura di), Arcobaleno noir. Le nuove cittadinanze del noir fra cinema e letteratura (Galaad 2014)

L. Sartori, Oltre il Sacro Canone (Aras 2016)

(Also look in the “materiali didattici”)


Written exam (questionnaire with 31 multiple-choice questions)

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