Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

Students will have a solid knowledge of Modern British Literature, with particular reference to the relationship between literary texts and history, language and the arts. They will know and be able to use critical methodologies to read and analyse literary texts. The course provides students with historical and literary knowledge of the 20th and 21st century and teaches them how to critically analyse literary texts. By the end of the course, students should be able to contextualise the literary texts included in the course within the cultural and literary background in which they were produced; they should also be able to place writers within their own context and know in detail the literary works included in the programme. Students should be able to read and translate into Italian the literary texts included in the programme and to discuss in English what they have learned during the course. Finally, students should be able to critically analyse the texts included in the programme and be able to connect different authors, texts and literary trends.

Course contents

The course "Narratives and Points of View" (taught in the second semester) examines works belonging to different genres written by American, British, and Canadian authors in the 20th century. The course, organized by themes and historical periods, will attempt to offer examples of the richness and diversity of points of view in fiction.


BAES students are reminded that:

- the course "English Literature" is offered only at the Forlì campus;

- the BAES study plan awards 6 ETCS for the "English Literature" course.

In order to reach 6 ECTS, BAES students should:

- attend all lectures and carry out the assessments, plus the final written exam, as every other student enrolled in the course.

Further information will be provided in class at the beginning of the course.


Short stories/novels

Barnes, Julian. The Sense of an Ending.

Berriault, Gina. "Stone Boy."

Carver, Raymond. “Cathedral”

Gallagher, Tess. “Rain Flooding your Campfire”

Glaspell, Susan. "A Jury of Her Peers"

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - S 07 E 12 - "A Jury of Her Peers"

Hamid, Mohsin. The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Interpreter of Maladies.

Lai, Larissa. "Rachel"

Scott, Ridley. Blade Runner

Spiegelman, Art. MAUS.

Teaching methods

Attendance and 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.

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.

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.