ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE LM IIB | Università degli studi di Bergamo - Didattica e Rubrica


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Didattica Convenzionale
Primo Semestre
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Lingue e Letterature moderne

Good knowledge of English and Italian. Good knowledge of the literature of the USA. Having earned 10 cfu in Lingua inglese I and the 1st year exam of Anglo-American literature (only if English is your first language).

Educational goals

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 and of the literary genres of the 20th century.

Course content

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). The 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 20 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 e Margaret Mitchell.

Teaching methods

Lectures and discussions in class (in English). Students can substitute part of the program of the module B with English oral presentations in class and/or papers.

Assessment and Evaluation

The final grade will be based on:
1. Participation in class (optional);
2. twenty minute report in class on a topic chosen under the guidance of the instructor (optional);
3. Paper (optional);
4. Final written exam (one question for each module, to be answered in English).
Students who have done one of the activities mentioned above (1, 2 and/or 3) will take an abridged exam or no exam at all.
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 (for Italian students only) or the contextualization of a passage from one of the primary texts).

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 an insufficient awareness of the contents of the course. The work is frequently confused and incoherent.

Further information

Other information will be available on the page of the Teams group where students can find files, ask questions and discuss 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 ( and

In case the course is delivered in the dual/blended or online mode, what
has been stated in the syllabus is liable to change in order to make both
the classes and the exams suitable in a non face-to-face environment.

For a complete list of the required readings (primary and secondary sources), students must carefully read the course bibliography in LEGANTO.