HISTORY OF POSTCOLONIAL CULTURE
- Academic year
- 2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
- Official course title
- HISTORY OF POSTCOLONIAL CULTURE
- Course code
- LMJ480 (AF:409684 AR:249144)
- On campus classes
- ECTS credits
- Degree level
- Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
- Educational sector code
- 1st Semester
- Course year
Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
1) Allow students to gain the ability to read, translate and understand a literary text in its context, and to critically comment on it;
2) Allow them to use the methodologies of textual analysis appropriate to the proposed texts and literary genres;
3) Allow them to communicate effective observations derived from the texts and historical-cultural periods dealt with in class.
Expected learning outcomes
In particular, Douglas Livingstone was a microbiologist who tested the Indian Ocean every day to investigate pollution and water compositions and variations along 26 different spots (“sampling stations”), writing his last book, A Littoral Zone, on humanity’s physical and psychic elements. Seamus Heaney, often defined as “the poet archaeologist”, since his “bog poems” has investigated the life on the surface of the Irish soil (but also its depths and secrets), had been faithful to a special idea of his “sense of place”. Norman MacCaig, one of the main protagonist of Scottish contemporary poetry, had often spent his summers in the Highlands (Sutherland/Assynt), writing hundreds of poems inspired not only by his love for that landscape but also by the various violences, colonizations, transformations and appropriations of that land.
This module will approach poetical texts from various eco-critical angles, showing how the beautiful and dramatic value of those poetical English-language poems can work as glaring lighthouses in the storm of our contemporary times.
—GLOTFELTY-FROMM (eds), The Ecocriticism Reader, The University of Georgia Press, 1996 (selected pages/ pagine scelte).
—GREG GARRARD, Ecocriticism, London, Routledge, 2004.
—ASHCROFT-GRIFFITHS-TIFFIN, The Empire Writes Back (Routledge, 1989): introductory chapter.
—CHILDS-WILLIAMS, An Introduction to Post-colonial Theory, London, Routledge, 1997 (selected pages on Fanon, Césaire, Bhabha).
—ASHCROFT-GRIFFITHS-TIFFIN, Postcolonial Studies: The Key Concepts, London, Routledge, 2000 (selected pages and chapters/ pagine scelte e capitoli selezionati).
—AIMé CéSAIRE, Discourse on Colonialism, Monthly Review Press, 1955 (selected pages/pagine scelte).
—TERRY GIFFORD, Green Voices. Understranding Contemporary Nature Poetry, Manchester University Press, 1995 ((selected pages and chapters/ pagine scelte e capitoli selezionati).
— DOUGLAS LIVINGSTONE, Loving. Selected Poems and Other Writings, Venezia, Amos Edizioni, 2009 (a selection of poems / una scelta di poesie). See also: Douglas Livingstone, A Ruthless Fidelity. The Collected Poems of Douglas Livingstone, Johannesburg, AD Donker, 2004;
—DOUGLAS LIVINGSTONE, “The Other Job”, in Loving. Selected Poems and Other Writings, Venezia, Amos Edizioni, 2009, pp. 59-81;
—MARISS EVERITT, “Jack Sprat and His Wife: Symbiosis in Douglas Livingstone’s A Littoral Zone”, English in Africa (32, 2) October 2005, pp. 53-67.
—MARCO FAZZINI, Son to the Ocean. New Essays on Douglas Livingstone’s Poetry, Venezia, Amos Edizioni, 2008 (see in particular: Duncan Brown, “Environment and Identity: The Littoral Zone (1991)”, pp. 109-135).
— Special Issue: Douglas Livingstone's Prose Writings, edited by S. Gray and D. Klopper, English in Africa (vol. 40, no. 3), December 2013 (selected pages and chapters/ pagine scelte e capitoli selezionati).
— NORMAN MACCAIG, Collected Poems, London, Chatto & Windus, 1990 (una scelta di poesie);
— MARCO FAZZINI, “The Language of Alterity. MacCaig the Equilibrist”, in Crossings, Venezia, Supernova, 2000, pp. 39-61;
—COLIN NICHOLSON, “Such Clarity of Seeming”, in Poem, Purpose and Place, Edinburgh, Polygon, 1992, pp. 37-56;
—VALERIE GILLIES, “A Metre of Landscape”, in Norman MacCaig. Critical Essays, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 1990, pp. 145-156.
—SEAMUS HEANEY, New Selected Poems 1966-1987, London; Faber & Faber, 2002;
—SEAMUS HEANEY, “The Sense of Place”, in Preoccupations, London, Faber & Faber, 1981, pp. 131-149;
—SUSANNA LIDSTROM, Nature, Environment and Poetry, London, Routledge, 2015 (selected pages/pagine scelte);
—TIM WENZELL, Emerald Green, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars, 2009 (selected pages/ pagine scelte).
Starting from the reading and translation into Italian of a passage from one of the primary texts (chosen by the lecturer), the exam will be devoted to evaluating the student's capacity to comment on the passage/s, in a larger discourse involving the whole novel/poem, other passages from the same work or from the other texts on the syllabus, and in the light of the problematical issues (related to the history and the literary and cultural questions of the period) discussed in class or in the critical set texts.
Other books, extra readings and specific details on some of the books included in the above-mentioned Bibliography will be suggested and discussed in class.
Type of exam
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals
This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Natural capital and environmental quality" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development