The course aims at providing students with a solid knowledge of the concept of literary Canon and “national” identity in relation to the cultural complexity of the UK both internally and when considering its colonial and postcolonial history. In particular, it intends to make them familiar with authors and texts belonging to specific, “local” socio-political contexts yet also relevant from a “global” perspective. Moreover, students are given the hermeneutic and theoretical tools allowing them to develop autonomous critical opinions. In particular, the course aims at achieving the following objectives:
-knowledge of some of the most important contributions by nineteenth-century and contemporary British writers, as well as knowledge of the historical, political, social, artistic and aesthetic context in which their works were produced;
-understanding and analysis of British texts in the original language, in some cases confronting the students with both thematic and linguistic complexities (the latter owing also to the use of local and regional idioms);
-acquiring the skill of doing autonomous research on the themes of the course by resorting to both paper and digital materials in addition to those suggested by the lecturer;
-developing individual and autonomous opinions on the texts studied during the course, decoding them by means of the theoretical tools learnt in class, so as to elaborate individual theories and critical commentaries not necessarily based on the lecturer’s proposed interpretations and readings;
-ability of communicating, and sharing, in English opinions and judgments on the texts examined in class, by using the proper language for academic literary analyses, equivalent to C2 level of the Common European Framework;
-achieving learning skills that allow students to apply the knowledge and abilities acquired during the course to the interpretation of any newly encountered literary work, author or context.