Good knowledge of English. Good knowledge of the literature of the USA. Having passed the 1st year exam of Anglo-American literature.
At the end of the course the students will have acquired a sound knowledge of the main aspects of the culture and literature of the United States. Students will also reach a good of knowledge of the contemporary debates about canonicity, mass culture and American identity.
The course is taught by Professor Valeria Gennero and Professor Stefano Rosso.
The first part of the course (18 hours) will be taught by Prof. Gennero, the second part (36 hours) by Prof. Rosso. In the first part Prof. Gennero will provide an introduction to contemporary debates about transmediality and literature. Students will study selected chapters from Linda Hutcheon's "A Theory of Adaptation" and Henry Jenkins' "Convergence Culture"; they will also analyze two novels, "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne and "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck, and watch their movie adaptations. Issues concerning canonicity and American identity will also be discussed. A detailed bibliography of the required readings will be available both in Leganto and in Moodle. The module B (given by Prof. Stefano Rosso) will start with reference to "A Theory of Adaptation" by Linda Hutcheon (second edition), already treated by Prof. Gennero in module B (with emphasis on the 4 clichés described in chapter 2). Then it will move to the analysis of three narrative texts and their adaptations: Henry James, "The Turn of the Screw" (1898); 2. Francis Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby" (1924); Raymond Chandler, "The Long Goodbye" (1953). Furthermore a selected number of students may prepare oral presentations (of about 15 minutes) on other works by James, Fitzgerald, and Chandler, and by other novelists both "highbrow" or "lowbrow", such as
Louisa May Alcott, Dashiell Hammett, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, Herman Melville and Margaret Mitchell. A detailed bibliography of the required readings will be available in Moodle (e-learning).
Lectures (in English). An active participation on the part of students is strongly encouraged. Students can replace part of the program with oral presentations in class.
The final exam will be written and include 2 questions. Il will last 2 hours. Students will be asked 1) to contextualize and analyze a passage taken from one of the primary sources, and 2) to write a short essay on one of the topics analyzed during the course. The quality of the language used (grammatical and lexical correctness, fluency, rhetorical effectiveness) will be a significant element of the overall evaluation.
Attending students who choose to give a twenty minute oral presentation in class (on a topic chosen under the guidance of the instructor) will take an abridged exam. Grading scale:
a.Outstanding (30 e lode ): excellent knowledge of all of the contents of the course. Excellent ability to analyze the texts and to contextualize them in an appropriate way. The student uses the academic writing register/style with appropriate linguistic terminologies.
b. Very good (30 to 27): very good knowledge of all of the contents of the course. Very good ability to analyze the texts and to contextualize them in an appropriate way.
c. Good (26-24): Good knowledge of the contents of the course. Adequate ability to describe the texts. The language used is simple but correct.
d. Fair/sufficient (23-18): The work has sufficient knowledge, coherence, use of appropriate resources and quality of presentation to warrant a basic pass. The ability to analyze the texts is not wholly satisfactory. The work is very descriptive and does not fully address the issues raised by the question.
e. Fail (below 18): The student demonstrates only a basic awareness of the contents of the course. The work is frequently confused and incoherent.
Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus students should inform the instructor of their enrollment in the course by sending her/him an e-mail before the beginning of the course (email@example.com(link sends e-mail) and stefano.rosso@unibg(link sends e-mail)).
For a complete list of the required readings (primary and secondary sources), students must carefully read the course bibliography in LEGANTO.
The same information will also be available on the Moodle pages for this course.