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GIULIANA IANNACCARO , responsabile dell'insegnamento

CdL in LINGUE E LETTERATURE EUROPEE ED EXTRAEUROPEE (Classe LM-37) Immatricolati dall'a.a. 2011/2012 - Laurea Magistrale - 2016/2017

Insegnamento obbligatorioNo
Anno di corso
Periodo di svolgimentosecondo semestre
Settori scientifico disciplinari
  • L-LIN/10 - Letteratura inglese
Crediti (CFU) obbligatori6
Crediti (CFU) facoltativi3

Programma

Modalità di esame, prerequisiti, esami propedeutici

Esame in un'unica volta o suddiviso in partiunico
Modalità di accertamento conoscenzeEsame
Giudiziovoto verbalizzato in trentesimi

Prerequisiti e modalità di esame Orale: L’esame consiste in una prova orale valutata in trentesimi. La prova consiste in un colloquio in lingua inglese sugli argomenti in programma, volto ad accertare la competenza sui testi oggetto del corso e la capacità di presentare un percorso di analisi critica utilizzando adeguati strumenti metodologici. Per sostenere l’esame è indispensabile presentarsi con tutti i testi letterari in programma. Per l’unità C gli studenti possono preparare un breve elaborato; si prega di contattare l’insegnante per concordarne l’argomento.
The exam consists in an oral interview on the topics listed in the program, in which students are required to prove their knowledge of the texts dealt with during the course and their ability to discuss them critically. In order to sit for the examination students must bring along their literary texts. For unit C , students may prepare a short paper; please contact the teacher to agree on a suitable topic.

Organizzazione della didattica

Unita' didattica A

obbligatorio

Settori e relativi crediti

  • Settore:L-LIN/10 - Letteratura inglese - Crediti: 3
Attività didattiche previste

Lezioni: 20 ore

Unita' didattica B

obbligatorio

Settori e relativi crediti

  • Settore:L-LIN/10 - Letteratura inglese - Crediti: 3
Attività didattiche previste

Lezioni: 20 ore

Unita' didattica C

facoltativo

Settori e relativi crediti

  • Settore:L-LIN/10 - Letteratura inglese - Crediti: 3
Attività didattiche previste

Lezioni: 20 ore

Ricevimento docenti

Orario di ricevimento Docenti
DocenteOrario di ricevimentoLuogo di ricevimento
GIULIANA IANNACCARO , responsabile dell'insegnamentoProssimi ricevimenti: MARTEDI' 27 marzo, ore 10:30; GIOVEDI' 5 aprile, ore 10:30. Si consiglia di consultare sempre questo sito per eventuali modifiche di giorno o di orario.P.zza S.Alessandro 1, Sezione di Anglistica, III piano
ALESSANDRO VESCOVImartedì ore 9,15Piazza S. Alessandro. Sezione di Anglistica, sottotetto

Programma d'esame

Argomento del corso: African and Indian Literatures: Modes of Knowledge, Modes of Writing.

TITOLO E PRESENTAZIONE DEL CORSO: Units A and B deal with South African literature. Unit A, “‘Mission Literature’ and the Question of Race”, addresses the issue of ‘racial’ and ethnic identity through its literary representation in colonial and postcolonial novels. The figure of the European missionary in Southern Africa links the three texts, and it is meant to open a debate on the role of Christian missions in the process of territorial and cultural colonization of South Africa. Unit B, “Modes of Knowledge, Modes of Writing”, is strictly connected to Unit A through the issue of “colour” as a principle of classification in South African society; it investigates the literary modes in which unconventional novels challenge traditional classifications and put forward different ways of thinking and talking about the world.
Unit C. Indian Fragile Natures: Human Communities and Environmental Protection
The course will focus on two contemporary Indian writers, Amitav Ghosh and Pankaj Sekhsaria, and two endangered ecosystems, the Sundarbans in West Bengal and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Gulf of Bengal. The issue of nature conservation in India is strictly connected with the preservation of human communities that inhabit liminal and wild (mostly jungle-covered) areas. On the one hand, these communities need protection as much as the endangered species that share their homes, on the other hand the dire poverty of some of these communities can hardly be addressed without encroaching with nature conservation. Starting from two novels, The Hungry Tide and The Last Wave, the unit will explore the poetics and the politics of nature and cultural preservation in the Gulf of Bengal.

PROGRAMMA FREQUENTANTI
General Critical Bibliography:
Unità A, B, C:
- The Cambridge History of South African Literature, ed. by D. Attwell and D. Attridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012. (Anglistica library)
- Silvia Albertazzi, La letteratura postcoloniale, Roma, Carocci, 2013 (Anglistica library).

Reading suggestions:
Also students who attend classes can take advantage of the critical bibliography indicated below for those who have chosen not to attend (studenti non frequentanti).
Anche gli studenti frequentanti, qualora ne sentissero il bisogno, sono invitati ad avvalersi del supporto critico indicato nel programma per studenti non frequentanti.

UNITÀ DIDATTICA A – ‘Mission Literature’ and the Question of Race
FICTION
- Sarah Gertrude Millin, God’s Stepchildren (1924)
- Bessie Head, Maru (1971)
- André Brink, Praying Mantis (2005)
NON-FICTION
- Dudley Kidd, The Essential Kafir, London, Adam and Charles Black, 1904: “Preface”; Appendix: “Heitsi-Eibib, A Hero of the Hottentots”. (Ariel website).
- Cornwell, Gareth, 2011, “‘A Teaspoon of Milk in a Bucketful of Coffee’: The Discourse of Race Relations in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa”, English in Africa, 38: 3, pp. 9-33. (Online, database Unimi).
- Bassi, Shaul, “I pericoli della razza: riflessioni italiane a partire da Paul Gilroy”, From the European South, 1 (2016) pp. 75-82. (Free online).

UNITÀ DIDATTICA B – Modes of Knowledge, Modes of Writing
FICTION
- J.M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K (1983).
- Zoë Wicomb, You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town (1987). The Feminist Press edition, with an Introduction by Marcia Wright and an Afterword by Carol Sicherman. This edition provides a valuable historical Introduction and a useful Literary Afterword.
NON-FICTION
- Gordimer Nadine, “The Idea of Gardening”, The New York Review of Books, 31 (1), 1984, pp. 3, 6. (Free online)
- J.M. Coetzee, “The Novel Today”, Upstream, 6 (1), 1988, pp. 2-5. (Ariel website).
- Wicomb, Zoë. “Shame and Identity. The Case of the Coloured in South Africa”, in Derek Attridge and Rosemary Jolly (eds), Writing South Africa. Literature, Apartheid, and Democracy, 1970-1995. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998, 91-107. (Ariel website)
- Driver, Dorothy, 2010, “The Struggle Over the Sign: Writing and History in Zoë Wicomb's Art”, Journal of Southern African Studies, 36: 3, pp. 523-542. (Online, database Unimi). Read carefully until page 531.

UNITA’ DIDATTICA C - Indian Fragile Natures
FICTION
Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide, any edition.
Pankaj Sekhsaria, The Last Wave, Harper Collins (mostly available as e-book).
NON-FICTION
Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, University of Chicago Press.
Amitav Ghosh, “Folly in the Sundarbans” (http://amitavghosh.com/essays.html)
Amitav Ghosh, “The Tsunami of December 2004” (http://amitavghosh.com/essays.html)
Pankaj Sekhsaria “The Jarawa Cultural Reserve Dossier”, (https://www.academia.edu/2637014/The_Jarawa_Tribal_Reserve_Dossier_-_Cultural_and_Biological_Diversities_in_the_Andaman_Islands).
Further documents and details (especially for non-attending students) will be made available on the Course for website.
PROGRAMMA NON FREQUENTANTI
THE FOLLOWING READING MATERIAL IS TO BE STUDIED IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE PROGRAMME.
IL SEGUENTE MATERIALE BIBLIOGRAFICO E’ DA STUDIARE IN AGGIUNTA AL PROGRAMMA PER FREQUENTANTI.
- HISTORY: Students are required to read up individually on South African history from the 17th century to the present. Gli studenti sono tenuti a documentarsi autonomamente sulla storia del Sudafrica dal 17° secolo a oggi.
- LITERARY CRITICISM: Particularly useful are the various critical essays contained in: The Cambridge History of South African Literature, ed. by D. Attwell and D. Attridge, Cambridge U.P., 2012. (Anglistica Library)
UNITÀ DIDATTICA A and B
- Roland Barthes, “L’effet de réel” / “The Reality-Effect” / “L’effetto di reale” (1968) [in Le bruissement de la langue / The Bruise of Language / Il brusio della lingua] (Filosofia, Scienze Antichità, Filologia Moderna libraries).
- Hayden White, “The Historical Text as Literary Artifact”, in Tropics of Discourse. Essays in Cultural Criticism, The Johns Hopkins UP, 1978 (Scienze Politiche library, Ariel website).
- Ugo E. M. Fabietti, L’identità etnica. Storia e critica di un concetto equivoco, Roma, Carocci, 2013.
- Giuliana Iannaccaro, J. M. Coetzee, Firenze, Le Lettere, 2009. (Anglistica library)
- Catherine Woeber, “The Mission Presses and the Rise of Black Journalism”, in The Cambridge History of South African Literature, ed. by D. Attwell and D. Attridge, Cambridge U.P., 2012, pp. 204-225. (Anglistica Library)
UNITÀ DIDATTICA C
- Alessandro Vescovi, Amitav Ghosh, Firenze, Le Lettere.
- Alessandro Vescovi, “Fear and Ethics in the Sundarbans. Anthropology in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide”, in Governare la paura. https://governarelapaura.unibo.it/article/view/4421/4003
- Dietmar Rothermund, Storia dell’India, Il Mulino.
- Asis De, “Toward an Island Ecopoetics: Reenchanting the Andaman Ecology and the Jarawa Tribal Reserve in Pankaj Sekhsaria’s The Last Wave” (Ariel)

OBIETTIVI
The course aims to investigate some pivotal aspects of South African and Indian literature, in order to involve students in deep analyses of the literary texts proposed, supported by the knowledge of South African and Indian history and culture. The active participation of students will be promoted (through presentations and paper submissions) to stimulate and enhance their critical and argumentative skills (oral and written).
ALTRE INFORMAZIONI PER GLI STUDENTI
The course website will be published on ariel.ctu.unimi.it.
È prevista l'attivazione di un sito Ariel di supporto alla didattica.

Attendance at the course is highly recommended. Those who cannot attend classes, are invited to be present at the first lesson, in which information regarding the program and the examination will be provided.
Please use the mail to communicate with the professors ONLY WHEN INDISPENSABLE. There are many ways to get information from the unimi website and from the course website.
Those who wish to graduate with a dissertation on Anglophone literatures are kindly requested to contact either teacher in order to shape their curricula accordingly.
La partecipazione alle lezioni è vivamente consigliata. Coloro che fossero impossibilitati a frequentare il corso sono invitati a seguire la prima lezione, durante la quale verranno fornite tutte le informazioni riguardanti il programma, i testi e il materiale critico.
Si prega di utilizzare la posta elettronica solo per ottenere informazioni che NON siano reperibili altrove (vedi sito di Ateneo, della Facoltà, del Corso di Laurea, e sito Ariel dedicato al corso).
Coloro che desiderassero laurearsi con una tesi in letterature anglofone sono pregati di contattare i docenti al fine di concordare un piano di studi coerente con il loro progetto.

24/01/2017