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ENGLISH LITERATURE II
LETTERATURA INGLESE II

A.Y. Credits
2024/2025 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Jan Marten Ivo Klaver students need to book office hours via email
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 Cultures (L-11)
Curriculum: LETTERARIO
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course aims at providing students with a firm understanding of the literary, cultural and historical scene of different literary periods. It wants to show students how to study selected literary texts and tropes through time. During the course students will acquire the necessary linguistic and critical tools to analyze the periods in question, and will be encouraged to make autonomous judgments. Moreover, the course wishes to stimulate an open-minded approach to different historical periods.

Program

The Eighteenth Century: Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe; Jonathan Swift - from A Modest Proposal; John Gay - Trivia; James Thomson - from The Season: Spring; William Cowper - The Castaway; Jane Austen - Mansfield Park.

The Romantics: William Wordsworth - Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey; Samuel Taylor Coleridge - The Nightingale; Percy Bysshe Shelley - Ode to the West Wind; John Keats - Ode To A Nightingale; John Clare – Mouse’s Nest

The Victorians: Alfred Tennyson - Sonnet; Matthew Arnold – In Harmony with Nature; Matthew Arnold - Dover Beach; Thomas Hardy - Hap; Gerald Manly Hopkins - God’s Grandeur; Joseph Conrad –  Heart of Darkness

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Knowledge and understanding: students will acquire a good understanding of the essential social-historical and social-cultural factors underpinning the periods of study, and will be able to approach English Literature with the appropriate critical instruments and methods.

- Applying knowledge and understanding: students will have the linguistic, cultural and critical abilities to describe, analyse and understand cardinal aspects of English Literature.

- Making judgements: students will acquire the critical ability to judge and evaluate aspects of English Literature and will be able to express autonomous opinions on social-cultural subjects of different historical texts.

 - Communication skills: students will be trained to have an open and unprejudiced attitude to different realities and historical periods and express themselves in appropriate language.

- Learning skills: students will possess the basic methodological skills, the critical abilities and bibliographical knowledge to continue their studies in the field. 

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

Students are invited to visit my page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials. Use of audiovisual aids is an integral part of the programme.
The course will be held in English.  


Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

lectures; audiovisual aids

Innovative teaching methods

Content and language integrated learning (CLIL)

Course books
  • Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe  (Oxford World Classic: ISBN-10: 0199553971; ISBN-13 9780199553976)
  • Jane Austen - Mansfield Park (Oxford World Classic: ISBN-13: 978-0199535538)
  • Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness  (Oxford World Classic: ISBN: 978-0199536016)
  • all other texts will be made available in PDF form on my Moodle Blended Learning page)

Sudents are invited to visit my page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials. Although I cover much background information during my lectures, students might like to check the multifarious facets of the different literary period in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume 1 & volume 2. This is recommended reading only.

Assessment

Written exam. Students are given 6 open questions, of which they should answer 5. At least two should be answered in English. Time allowed: 50 minutes. 

Assessment is based on knowledge and understanding, as well as on a coherent and correct expression of such knowledge and understanding. Students can score up to a maximum of 6 points per answer. Those who score at least 2 points for each of the five answers will be awarded 1 extra point; students who score at least 3 points for each of the five answers will be awarded 2 extra points.

The programme above is valid only till January/February 2026.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

self study: non-attending students are expected to check out historical and cultural contexts on the internet; detailed textual and contextual analyses of the texts are freely available on the web as well. They are invited to visit my page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials. To approach the multifarious facets of the different literary period I strongly recommend The Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume 1 & volume 2.

Course books
  • Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe  (Oxford World Classic: ISBN-10: 0199553971; ISBN-13 9780199553976)
  • Jane Austen - Mansfield Park (Oxford World Classic: ISBN-13: 978-0199535538)
  • Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness  (Oxford World Classic: ISBN: 978-0199536016)
  • all other texts will be made available in PDF form on my Moodle Blended Learning page

Sudents are invited to visit my page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials. Although I cover much background information during my lectures, students might like to check the multifarious facets of the different literary period in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume 1 & volume 2. This is recommended reading only.

Assessment

Written exam. Students are given 6 open questions, of which they should answer 5. At least two should be answered in English. Time allowed: 50 minutes. 

Assessment is based on knowledge and understanding, as well as on a coherent and correct expression of such knowledge and understanding. Students can score up to a maximum of 6 points per answer. Those who score at least 2 points for each of the five answers will be awarded 1 extra point; students who score at least 3 points for each of the five answers will be awarded 2 extra points.

The programme above is valid only till January/February 2026.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

Notes

The course will be taught entirely in English. The final exam and the bibliography are in English.

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