08846 - Comparative Literatures

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Course contents


Rewriting practices in the contemporary cultural environment: prequels, sequels, expansions, contaminations, counternarrations.

Timing of the course: second semester (February-May 2018)


1. Literary texts

► J. Austen, Pride and Prejudice

► J. Austen, Lady Susan

►W. Stillman, Love & Friendship

► Ch. Brontë, Jane Eyre

► J. Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

► P.D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley

► Dickens, Fruttero & Lucentini, La verità sul caso D.

2. Critical texts

► Gérard Genette, Palinsesti. La letteratura al secondo grado, Torino, Einaudi (solo i capitoli XLVI- LXXV, pp. 273-442).

In addition to Genette's essay, students will read one (only one) of the following books:

► Linda Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation

► U. Eco, Sei Passeggiate nei boschi narrativi

► D. Meneghelli, Senza fine. Prequel, sequel, altre continuazioni

3. Films and TV series:

► Death Comes to Pemberley, 2013, BBC series, dir. Daniel Percival

Love & Friendship, 2016, dir. Whit Stillman

Teaching methods

Assessment methods

Evaluation methods


The abilities acquired during the course will be evaluated through an oral test aimed at ascertaining a deep knowledge of all the topics covered during the course. The oral test consists in an interview aimed at evaluating the students' critical and methodological skills. Students will be invited to discuss the texts in the reading list and comment on them. Therefore students must demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of the recommended reading list.

Students who are able to demonstrate a wide and systematic understanding of the issues covered during the course, to tackle them critically, and who master the critical jargon of the discipline will be given a mark of excellence. Students who demonstrate a mere mnemonic knowledge of the subject together with a more superficial analytical ability to synthesize, a correct command of the critical jargon but not always appropriate, will be given a ‘fair' mark. A superficial knowledge and understanding of the course topics, a scarce analytical and expressive ability will be rewarded with a pass mark or just above a pass mark. Students who demonstrate gaps in their knowledge of the main topics, inappropriate language skills, lack of familiarity with the syllabus reading list will not be given a pass mark.

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