|Academic year||2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years|
|Official course title||AMERICAN LITERATURE|
|Course code||LMJ390 (AF:278342 AR:140137)|
|Modality||Blended (on campus and online classes)|
|Degree level||Master's Degree Programme (DM270)|
|Educational sector code||L-LIN/11|
|Spazio Moodle||Link allo spazio del corso|
1. know in depth representative texts from the works of the three authors under scrutiny;
2. know the ingredients of what is meant by Canadianness in the three contexts that emerge from the texts under scrutiny (the wilderness, rural Canada, urban Canada);
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.
From Wilderness Tips (“Hairball”, “The Bog Man”, “Death by Landscape”, “Wilderness Tips”)
Atwood, Margaret. Survival. 25-68
——. Negotiating with the Dead. A Writer on Writing. 123-153
Bouson, Brooks. “Cultural Feminism, Female Madness, and Rage in Surfacing.” In Brutal Choreographies. Oppositional Strategies and Narrative Design in the Novels of Margaret Atwood. 39-61.
Davidson, Arnold. “Negotiating Wilderness Tips.” In Approaches to Teaching Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Other Works. 180-186.
Atwood, Margaret. Paris Review. The Art of Fiction. No. 121
From Dear Life, "Dear Life"
From Dance of the Happy Shades, The Peace of Utrecht"
From Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (“Floating Bridge” “Nettles”)
Munro, Alice. Paris Review. The Art of Fiction. No. 137
Blodgett, E.D. Alice Munro. Pp. 1-13
Martin, W.R. Alice Munro. Paradox and Parallel. Pp. 1-13; 187-206.
In the Skin of a Lion
Barbour, Douglass. Michael Ondaatje. 1-9;179-205.
All course materials (with the exclusion of the two novels, Surfacing and In the Skin of the Lion) are available on moodle.
1. 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 Questions);
2. 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 Reading);
3. 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 4 hours. Students must obtain a pass in each part in order to pass the whole exam.
Instead of sitting for the written-exam, attending students may choose to write a paper (5000-6000 words) 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.