Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LMJ490 (AF:356122 AR:186913)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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This course aims to offer students the critical and linguistic tools to analyze a variety of texts and widen their awareness of the processes of cultural interaction as well as their oral and written abilities.
At the end of the course, students are expected to:

- know the authors and the works in English that have been dealt with in the course, as well as their historical and literary context;
- master the basic critical tools and the bibliographical references proposed by the instructor.
- apply the knowledge and the tools in order to carry out a close reading of the texts and interpret travel writing as a cultural phenomenon;
- write a paper on a topic suggested by the instructor;
- be able to expound concepts and data concerning the contents of the course in a clear and coherent way.
A good knowledge of the English Language.
A basic knowledge of the history of English culture.
TITLE OF THE MODULE: the Myth of Venice in Nineteenth-century travel literature

After some introductory lectures on travel literature as a genre, the module will deal with the evolution of British travel in the long Nineteenth-century, from the Grand Tour to mass tourism. In the second part of the module we shall read a variety of texts which have contributed to the construction of the "myth of Venice".

A. Cultural background
- James Buzard, The Beaten Track, European Tourism, Literature, and the Ways to Culture, 1800-1918; (Introduction; chs. 1-2)
- Looking at Tintoretto with John Ruskin, edited by Emma Sdegno, Marsilio 2018; edizione italiana: Tintoretto secondo John Ruskin, un'antologia veneziana, Marsilio 2018.

B. Works
- W. Gilpin, Three Essays: On Picturesque Travel (1792)
- G. G. Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto IV (1818)
-Frances Trollope, A Visit to Italy (1842)
- J. Murray, A Handbook to Northern Italy, 1852, 1867;
- Charles Dickens, Pictures from Italy (1846), Penguin 1998; Little Dorrit (1855-57);
- John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice (1851-53)
- V. Lee, Genius Loci (1899)
- H. James, Italian Hours (1909)

- J. Pemble, Venice Rediscovered, Oxford, 1995.
M. Pfister, The Fatal Gift of Beauty ( Amsterdam 1994);

On the Google platform Moodle some primary texts and critical essays on travel will be available after the beginning of the module.

The exam consists in a viva of about 20 minutes ascertaining the student's historical and critical competence, as well as in writing a 2500-word paper on a topic related to the course and previously approved by the instructor.
- Front lectures and class discussion
- a focus on some course topics
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments

Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support
services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with
mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services: disabilita@unive.it.
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 09/07/2021