cod. 13061

Academic year 2010/11
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Letteratura inglese (L-LIN/10)
Letterature straniere
Type of training activity
40 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

Besides transmitting, consolidating and expanding notions about writers and works from the period stated below, the course aims at enriching the critical approach to literary texts and facilitating their comprehension in the original language.


Being addressed to first year students, the course requires no specialized preparation in the field of English literature. Even a basic knowledge of the English language, though obviously helpful, is not a requisite when attending lessons (but it will be so, when taking the exam). Students are expected to have some basic knowledge in connected disciplines, such as history or modern and classical literature.

Course unit content

The course provides an outline of the history of English literature from the Renaissance to the Restoration (1660). It also introduces a substantial number of texts by representative authors which are critically investigated and hystorically contextualized.

Full programme

Title of the course: The Renaissance and the post-renaissance age (1660)


Reference works: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. I; L. M. Crisafulli e K. Elam, eds., Manuale di letteratura e cultura inglese, Bononia University Press, 2009, pp. 1-138. For the bibliography of texts and authors, students are referred to the program of the course which is available at the Department of Foreign Languages, v.le S. Michele 9 and on the Internet.

Teaching methods

The course consists of didactic units which ultimately aim at developing specific abities in the critical appreciation of literary texts in English. Consequently, assessment takes into consideration linguistic and critical skills and students' ability to assimilate, elaborate and select notions.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam

Other information

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