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 in a transnational perspective. Students will also reach a good of knowledge of the American critical movements of the 20th century.
The module A (taught by Prof. Valeria Gennero) will start with an introduction to Linda Hutcheon's "The theory of adaptation" and Henry Jenkins' "Convergence Culture". This module will focus on modernist writers (Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Pearl S. Buck), the movie industry, and issues of canonicity.
Lectures (in English).
Final written exam (two questions, one for each module, to be answered in English. The questions may require a short translation from English into Italian or the contextualization of a passage from one of the primary texts).
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.
Other information will be available on the page of the Teams group where students can receive files, ask questions and discuss on topics only related to the course.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org and stefano.rosso@unibg).