Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LMJ030 (AF:393432 AR:209502)
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.
Maturity and independence in the analysis of texts and in their interpretation along contrastive lines.
- knowledge of the appropriate narratological vocabulary;
- knowledge of the poetics presented in the course;
- abitity to contextualize the texts within the poetics before mentioned
- ability to articulate autonomous evaluations on the texts in the syllabus.
Very good level of English
Knowledge of the main tenets of US literature (literary history and XVIII and XIX century canonical authors)
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 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”;
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. A selection of short stories; “E Unibus Pluram”

Secondary readings will be provided later on and uploaded on moodle
Written exam+brief oral exam
The written exam consists of 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 Questions);
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)
articulating interpretive autonomous judgments while entering into 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 20% of the overall evaluation. Students must obtain a pass in each part in order to pass the whole exam.
The remaining 20% will depend on the participation in class.
Blended Course (hosted on moodle). Lectures + online activities.
Blended course on moodle
The course is rather challenging. To dilute the syllabus, students are warmly invited to read The Human Stain and White Noise before classes.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 04/07/2022