A first aim of the course is that of offering students basic knowledge of socio-cultural and identity questions regarding class, gender and race, with special attention for the condition of women in the nineteenth century. The L12 Curriculum aims to train linguistic and intercultural mediators, as well as experts in languages who are to be employed in the field of international relations. In line with these professional objectives, the course intends to investigate identity questions concerning the British world, to develop the students’ ability to pursue a critical analysis of historical and cultural phenomena that take place in foreign countries, and to draw ever-new comparisons with the Italian reality. Considering the fact that only one exam of English Literature B is compulsory in this Curriculum, moreover, the analysis of literary texts by two British women writers belonging to the nineteenth century – the century in which the novel became the primary popular genre – aims to offer a basic knowledge of the main thematic and stylistic aspects of Victorian literature and its evolving cultural context. Students might choose to develop these basic notions by selecting non-compulsory exams in this Curriculum or by studying English literature in an MA course later in their career. The analysis of primary sources in this course is not only meant to favour the students’ direct knowledge of literature in its main thematic and stylistic aspects. It will also enable students to reflect on crucial social themes (i.e. gender roles, ethnic and class discriminations), as well as to acquire and improve their linguistic skills, which are essential to the professional figures the Curriculum aims to train. The course belongs to the literary and cultural area of learning. It intends to offer good knowledge of the English literatures and cultures, and to encourage comparative and interdisciplinary approaches (thanks to the historical and filmic aspects it deals with). The primary sources in English are used to reinforce the students’ abilities to understand specialized texts in English.
Acquisition of some knowledge of English culture and Victorian literature, with special attention for the works and the thematic and stylistic peculiarities of two women writers;
ability to understand written specialized texts in English (literary, cultural, critical) and to interpret them from an international and intercultural perspective:
ability to analyse texts written in English from a linguistic, rhetorical, stylistic and intersemiotic perspective; ability to connect these texts to their appropriate historical and literary context and to recognize their typology;
ability to reflect on identity and cultural themes, also in relation to the students’ reality and to the contemporary world;
acquisition of knowledge of various methodologies and critical approaches to literary texts, with special attention for feminist theories;
ability to classify and synthetize data and information, to elaborate them and communicate them orally in a well-argued, critically autonomous speech in correct, formal English.