Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LMJ030 (AF:247986 AR:113228)
Blended (on campus and online classes)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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This course is the final step for those students who have chosen Anglo-American literature as their MA field of specialization. It is an advanced course that builds on the students’ solid knowledge of Anglo-American literary history and of narratology. Students are expected to:
1. know Anglo-American Literature from high post-modernism to so called post-post-modernism in depth;
2. know the poetics of post-modernism, minimalism and post-post-modernism and the late twentieth-century realist strand that characterizes the period under scrutiny;
3. skillfully handle stylistic and formal concepts, applying them to the texts in the syllabus contrastively with special attention to the effect they create on readers;
4. read and discuss knowledgeably the secondary materials in the syllabus, formulating judgements;
5. analyze and contextualize primary and secondary texts with self-direction and autonomy.
Very good level of English
The course presents some representative texts that exemplify the development of Anglo-American Literature from the sixties to the present day. The texts in the syllabus exemplify the most important poetics of the period under scrutiny: high-postmodernism (with texts by Barth, Pynchon and DeLillo), minimalism (with texts by Carver), post-postmodernism (with texts by Saunders, Wallace and Egan) and the realist trend (with texts by Roth and Morrison).
Primary texts
Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49;
Barth, John. “Lost in the Funhouse”; “Literature of Exhaustion”; “Literature of Replenishment”;
Donald Barthelme, "The Balloon"
DeLillo, Don. White Noise
Carver, Raymond. A selection of short stories
Roth, Philip. The Human Stain
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Saunders, George. A selection of short stories.
Wallace, David Foster. Selection from, Brief Interviews of Hideous Men (selection); “E Unibus Pluram”
Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Secondary readings will be provided later on and uploaded on moodle
The written exam consists in three Essay Questions and one Close Reading. It aims at assessing the student’s skills at:
applying a specific and precise vocabulary in discussing the relationship between formal choices and thematic issues connecting two or more texts among the ones discussed (Essay Question);
recognizing the features of the poetics presented and demonstrating the capacity to handle the critical materials in the syllabus flexibly and appropriately while analyzing two brief excerpts taken from two texts in the syllabus (Close Readin)
articulating interpretive autonomous judgements while entering in a critical conversation with the texts in the syllabus (Essay Questions and Close Reading).

Duration and evaluation:
the exam must be completed in 4hours; each part is worth 25% of the overall evaluation. Students must obtain a pass in each part in order to pass the whole exam.
Instead of sitting for the written-exam, students may choose to write a paper (5000-6000 words, 10-12 pages) on a topic to be agreed upon with the instructor and then sit for an oral exam.
Attending students will have the option to complete the Close Reading during the course with one midterm (the details and date will be posted on Moodle).
IMPORTANT: non-attending students—who are invited to e-mail the instructor or come during office-hours to present themselves—, are required to complement the written exam with an oral exam.
Blended Course (hosted on moodle). Lectures + online activities
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 10
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • Use of virtual forum, blog or wiki
  • E-learning, moodle platforms
Last update of the programme: 17/10/2017