Knowledge of development of English Literature. Basic reading skills in English.
The course aims at outlining the impact of the Protestant Reform and religious persecution on the English cultural history. A close attention will be devoted on the theme of the representation of dissent bodies in Renaissance and contemporary age.
The course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of the main cultural manifestations of English literature, as well as relevant and updated theoretical and methodological tools.
With the support of an updated critical bibliography, students learn a series of theoretical issues, authors, works, movements and aesthetic ideas central to English culture, with particular attention to the modern and contemporary age and from a perspective of intertextuality and critical reception.
Students deepen their skills in text analysis by reading and analyzing literary works in original language.
Knowledge and understanding
During the course students learn to analyze complex texts in English both from the formal and from a thematic-ideological point of view in order to acquire suitable and advanced critical method.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The course aims to provide tools for analyzing texts with a high level of linguistic and literary skill and to apply autonomously the knowledge acquired in new literary contexts and in new complex literary and cultural phenomena.
To be able to integrate knowledge and make critical judgments with a high degree of autonomy.
To be able to work in a group.
To be able to discuss critically and to communicate the topics of the course clearly and by a suitable language and terminology. Class discussion and seminar activities aim to the development of communicative abilities.
To become deeply acquainted with literary process of communication and production, advanced methodology, useful for professional updating
Shakespeare W., The Winter’s Tale, The Arden Shakespeare, 2010
Mantel H., Bring up the Bodies, Fourth Estate, 2013
M. Hunt, Shakespeare’s Religious Allusiveness: Its Play and Tolerance, Routledge 2018.
Levack B.P., Gender and Witchcraft: New Perpectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology, Routledge, 2001
Final oral test
Objective of the test:
The test is aimed at verifying the knowledge of the distinctive traits of litary genres, the authors and the primary texts. In particular, the questions refer to the following areas: the relationship between the
cultural and literary context and the author's poetics; critical discussion of literary works analysed during the course, with regard
to the peculiarities of the literary genre and the fundamental themes;
reading and analysis of extracts from the primary texts included in the
The questions aim to verify: the level of knowledge acquired; the ability
to discuss clearly, with an appropriate register and terminology.
3. Oral test
4. Timing: at the end of the course.
5. Duration: the test lasts 20/25 minutes.
6. Type: interview
Students can take their exam in English or choose a topic.
7. Examination Vote
Dissent bodies in the World of Protestant Reform.
Religion in England and the Reformation of Images. (cfu 1)
History, Religion and the Stage: Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. (cfu 3)
Reformations of the Body of in the Contemporary Historical Novel. (cfu 2)