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ENGLISH LANGUAGE I
LINGUA INGLESE I

Style in Fiction: Exploring the Language of Literature
Style in Fiction: Exploring the Language of Literature

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 9
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Federica Zullo Office Hours will be held online via Skype. Please, contact the Professor for an appointment.
Teaching in foreign languages
Course entirely taught in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in a foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Modern Languages and Civilisations (L-11)
Curriculum: LETTERARIO
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Learning Objectives

The course's aim is to enable students to learn and use critical methodologies for the analysis of literary texts produced in various areas of the Anglophone world (United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Canada, Irlanda, India, Nigeria, South Africa), according to the theories of textual analysis, textual linguistics and stylistics.

Students are invited to reflect on the complexitiy of Anglophone culture and its different Englishes through the texts considered during the course, and on the features of discourse, the stylistic and linguistic aspects that belong to a specific author. Students will have to consider that linguistic specificity in relation with conceptual couples like language and identity/ethnicity, language and power, language and gender.

Program

After a short general presentation of the Anglophone world, of its linguistic and cultural variety, the course develops as follows: 

1) Presentation of the main features of textual linguistics and socio-linguistics.

2) Introduction to stylistics and its various categories of analysis (lexical, grammatical, figures of speech..)

3) Analysis of various literary texts (novels, short stories and poetry), dating from the Victorian period to the contemporary age.

4) Discussion of the texts in class, students are required to actively participate, in order to better understand the practical application  of the theories and better prepare for the final exam.  

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

At the end of the course, the students will have acquired analytical abilities and a good working knowledge of textual analysis. They will be asked to apply those abilities and that knowledge to various text genres. They will be expected to be able to form independent judgments in their analyses, and to expound the same both in written and in spoken form. More specifically:

Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course, the students will be required to show extensive knowledge of the above linguistic theories.

Applying knowledge and understanding: the students must be able to apply their knowledge of these theories to the analysis of various textual genres.

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

See the blended learning platform.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

See the course books and the material that the teacher uploads every week on the blended platform.

Attendance

Attendance is highly recommended, in order to actively participate to discussions and analyses in class.

Course books

Geoffrey Leech and Mick Short, Style in Fiction, Pearson Education Limited, 1981 (chapters 3, 5)

Peter Verdonk, Stylistics, Oxford University Press, 2002, (pp.1-78).

Jennifer Jenkins, Global Englishes. A Resource Book for Students, Routledge, 2015 (pp. 1-56).

Assessment

Written test: guided textual analysis of a text. Use of monolingual dictionaries is allowed. The final assessment will be based not only on the validity of the analysis, but also on methodological relevance (references to the course books) and on the student's argumentative abilities in English. In practice, in their written tests, the students will have to demonstrate notions in the field of linguistic theory, to apply these notions to their analysis, to exercise their own judgement in their analytical choices, and to show a good command of written English (at the level required by the course).

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

See the course books and the material that the teacher uploads every week on the blended platform.

Course books

Geoffrey Leech and Mick Short, Style in Fiction, Pearson Education Limited, 1981 (chapters 3, 5)

Peter Verdonk, Stylistics, Oxford University Press, 2002, (pp.1-78).

Jennifer Jenkins, Global Englishes. A Resource Book for Students, Routledge, 2015 (pp. 1-56).

Assessment

Written test: guided textual analysis of a text. Use of monolingual dictionaries is allowed. The final assessment will be based not only on the validity of the analysis, but also on methodological relevance (references to the course books) and on the student's argumentative abilities in English. In practice, in their written tests, the students will have to demonstrate notions in the field of linguistic theory, to apply these notions to their analysis, to exercise their own judgement in their analytical choices, and to show a good command of written English (at the level required by the course).

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