28687 - English literature I (second language) L

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

Students - know the basic elements of English literary culture - are able to identify them in specific literary texts - are able to independently develop further knowledge and cultural-literary skills at a higher level and also apply them to other specific literary texts

Course contents

The course "Voices, Stories, Englishes" (first semester) examines works belonging to different literary genres written by English-speaking authors (UK, US, Nigeria, India) in the 20th and 21st centuries. The course will focus on themes such as racism, diversities, gender, migration, postcolonialism, and intersectionality.


Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.

Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Hollering Creek.

Gorman, Amanda. “In Memory of Those Still in the Water.”

Hwang, David Henry. M. Butterfly.

Lalami, Laila. Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits; “So to Speak”

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye.

Rushdie, Salman. “Out of Kansas: Revisiting The Wizard of Oz.”

Shire, Warsan. “Home.”

Walker, Alice. “Am I Blue?”; “The Flowers”; “In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens.”

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own.

Teaching methods

Attendance and active participation are highly encouraged. Some initial lectures will be followed by class discussion. You are required to read the assigned readings in advance.

All students are required to enroll in the course on the e-learning page (Virtuale).

Assessment methods

The final exam will be written. A sample copy of the written exam will be available on the e-learning page for the course (80%).

Student participation in class discussion will also make up for part of the final grade (20%). Further explanations will be given during the course.

Evaluation grid

30-30L excellent test that demonstrates very broad, thorough and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, a solid ability to apply theoretical concepts and an excellent command of exposition, as well as an excellent capacity for analysis, synthesis and elaboration of interdisciplinary connections

27-29 above average test that demonstrates precise and thorough knowledge of the subject matter, good ability to apply theoretical concepts, and capacity for analysis and synthesis, accurate and correct exposition

24-26 good test that demonstrates appropriate knowledge of the subject matter, a fair understanding of the application of theoretical concepts, and an articulate presentation of the subject matter

21-23 adequate test that demonstrates appropriate but not in-depth knowledge of the subject, only partial capacity to apply theoretical concepts, and an acceptable presentation of the content

18-20 barely sufficient test that demonstrates adequate but general knowledge of the subject matter, simple exposition, uncertainties in the application of theoretical concepts

Insufficient test that does not demonstrate adequate acquisition of knowledge of the subject matter that is fragmentary and superficial, with errors in the application of concepts, and poor exposition

Teaching tools

Material available on the e-learning page (Virtuale).

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Raffaella Baccolini


Gender equality Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.