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ENGLISH LITERATURE
LETTERATURA INGLESE

Fictions of racial and cultural Otherness in English literature
Fictions of Otherness: l'alterità razziale e culturale nella letteratura inglese

A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Sergio Guerra Tuesday 16.17

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
Curriculum: LINGUISTICO CULTURALE ORIENTALE
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to highlight, via select case studies, the constuction of racial and cultural otherness in English literature from the Middle ages to the present day. I will try to show how the negative stereotyping of various ethnicities and cultures has served particular social, political and economic interests, as well as being crucial for the definition of Englishness.

Program

1) The 'saracens' in Chaucer and Middle English romances

2) Jews, Moors and 'Indians' in William Shakespeare's theatre

3) The Caribbeans and West Indians in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

4) Africa e Africans in Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

5) India e Indians in Rudyard Kipling's Kim and E. M. Forster's A Passage to India

6) China and Chinese in Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu novels

7) The representation of Muslims in comtemporary English literature

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Understanding and comprehension: The student will have a solid understanding of historical contexts and cultural products, gained through the use of critically, historiographically and methodologically current advanced level texts.
Ability to apply understanding and comprehension: The student will be able to use the necessary tools and will know how to apply methodologies learned to analyse literary texts as well as non-literary texts and documents.
Autonomous evaluation: The student will possess the linguistic, critical and interpretive skills necessary to create autonomous analyses and judgements on broad cultural themes connected to the literary and linguistic areas treated in the course.
Communications abilities: The student will be able to communicate in Italian and in English on general informational topics and on specific topics related to their specific area of study that requires the use of complex syntactic structures. 
Learning skills: The student will develop those learning abilities necessary to update and consolidate their knowledge. 

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

Audiovisual material.


Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Lectures

Attendance

To be considered 'attending', students are expected to have a class attendance of at least 70%. 

Course books

1) Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Man of Law's Tale"

2) One of the following plays by William Shakespeare: The Merchant of VeniceOthello and The Tempest

3) Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

4) One of your choice between Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

5) One of your choice between Rudyard Kipling's Kim and E. M. Forster's A Passage to India

6) Sax Rohmer, The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu

7) One of your choice between Hanif Kureishi's The Black Album and  Monica Ali's Brick Lane, and Leila Aboulela's The Translator.

Students must read and analyse at least 5 works. It is possible to choose one between points 3, 4 and 5. The other points are all required.

Assessment

Oral exam.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Attendance

To be considered 'attending', students are expected to have a class attendance of at least 70%. 

Course books

1) Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Man of Law's Tale"

2) One of the following plays by William Shakespeare: The Merchant of VeniceOthello and The Tempest

3) Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

4) One of your choice between Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

5) One of your choice between Rudyard Kipling's Kim and E. M. Forster's A Passage to India

6) Sax Rohmer, The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu

7) One of your choice between Hanif Kureishi's The Black Album and  Monica Ali's Brick Lane, and Leila Aboulela's The Translator.

Students must read and analyse at least 5 works. It is possible to choose one between points 3, 4 and 5. The other points are all required.

Assessment

Oral exam.

Notes

The course will be taught in Italian and English.

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