28850 - English Literature II (First Language) L

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

Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students acquire the basic elements (content and methodology) in order to analyze British and American literary tradition; they can apply them to specific literary texts; they are able to independently elaborate further cultural and literary notions and apply them to a wide range of other literary texts

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.


Short stories/novels


  1. Barnes, Julian. The Sense of an Ending.
  2. Brennan, Maeve. "The Bride" and Joyce, James. “Eveline.”
  3. Butler, Octavia.Bloodchild and Other Stories.
  4. Carver, Raymond. “Cathedral” and Gallagher, Tess. “Rain Flooding your Campfire”
  5. Glaspell, Susan. "Trifles" and "A Jury of Her Peers"
  6. James, Henry. Daisy Miller.
  7. Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Interpreter of Maladies.
  8. Morrison, Toni.The Bluest Eye.
  9. Russ, Joanna. "When It Changed."
  10. Spiegelman, Art. MAUS.
  11. Thurber, James. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

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 (50%).

Students will also have to hand in a short essay (1-3 page response paper) before taking the written exam (50%). Due dates and 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