30811 - History of English Culture (LM)

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Rita Monticelli

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-LIN/10

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Modern, Post-Colonial and Comparative Literatures (cod. 0981)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Oct 05, 2021 to Nov 05, 2021

SDGs

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

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students acquire deep knowledge of British cultural, political, philosophical, socio-economic history. They develop high ability to elaborate on texts and their cultural contexts, favouring critical thought.

Course contents

Cultural Representation of Diversity in British Orientalism(s)

The course will analyse diverse forms of British Orientalism(s) in literature, visual art, and cultural theories, with specific reference to late 19th century and 20th century. Lessons will investigate Orientalism as part of the cultural history of England, connected to colonialism and imperialism, but also to (albeit ambiguous) processes of intercultural exchanges. The course will take into consideration diverse literary genres where the notions of cultural difference and diversity intertwine with issues connected to gender, social positions, and 'race'. It will be introduced by lessons on cultural, postcolonial and intercultural studies.

Readings/Bibliography

Lessons will make reference to the following critical sources

Said, Edward, Orientalism, Vintage Books, 1978 (selected chapters). Available in the Library.

Said, Edward, Culture and Imperialism, New York: Vintage Books, 1993 (selected chapters). Available in the Library.

Hall, Stuart, "Ethnicity, Identity, Difference" available online

Hall, Stuart, "New Ethnicity" 1988, 1996, available online

Santoro, Marco, “Che cos'è cultura?” in Studi culturali. Temi e prospettive a confronto. A cura di Cristina Demaria e Siri Nergaard. Milano, McGraw-Hill, 2008, pp. 39-66 

Gilroy, Paul, Against Race: Imagining Political Culture Beyond The Color Line. Harvard UP, 2000. Selected chapters. Available in the Library.

Lowe, Lisa, Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms, Cornell UP, 1992. Available in the Library.

Monticelli, Rita; A. Nadalini, Culture lines: la ‘razza’ come auto rappresentazione in contesti post-traumatici, in: Z. FRANCESCHI, Razza, razzismo e antirazzismo. Modelli, rappresentazioni e ideologie, BOLOGNA, I Libri di Emil, 2011, pp. 129 - 141. Available in the Library.

Monticelli, Rita, "Oltre lo specchio: politiche e poetiche degli studi di genere e delle donne", «MODERNA», 2013, 1-2 . 2012, pp. 219 - 233. 

Achebe, Chinua, 1977, "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'". Massachusetts Review. 18. 1977. Available online.

Spivak, Gayatri C, 1985, "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism", Critical Inquiry, 12-1. Issue entitled: "Race", Writing and Difference.

Monticelli, R., Amnesie, Afasie, (in)dicibilità del primitivo, in: G. GOLINELLI, Il primitivismo e le sue metamorfosi. Archeologia di un discorso culturale., BOLOGNA, CLUEB, 2007, pp. 67 - 82

Monticelli, Rita, "Matrimoni impossibili e relazioni pericolose in Othello", in I volti dell'altro. Letterature della diaspora e migranti. a cura di Paola Boi e Radhouan Ben Amara. Cagliari: AV, 2003, pp. 213-231

Primary sources. Lessons will make reference to the following texts:

Shakespeare, William, Othello, 1603-04

Conrad, Joseph, Heart of Darkness, 1899

Forster, E. M, A Passage to India, 1924

Forster, E. M., "The Life To Come" in The Life To Come And Other Stories. London: Penguin, 1972, 1989, pp. 94-112.

Coetzee, J. M., Disgrace, 1999

Lessons will also make reference to essays proposed during lessons

BIBLIOGRAPHY IN PROGRESS: Please do check this web page for further notice, information and online availability. Students will be provided with alternative sources available online or in our library. MOST SOURCES are available on 'VIRTUALE' (On VIRTUALE you can also find other references discussed in class).

For the final oral exam students are requested to choose texts from the list of the critical sources (about 180 pages) AND three texts from the primary sources

Please do check this web page for further notice

Teaching methods

Important Notice:

Lessons will take place partly in remote and partly in presence. Please do check this page for further notice and updated news

Lessons, seminars, class discussions, students' presentations. Languages employed: English, some seminars in Italian.

Bibliography and other information will be provided also during the lessons (and then published in the online reading list and program). The course includes both lessons and seminars with the active participation of the students. Languages: English and Italian. Students who cannot attend lessons must contact the lecturer during her office hours, or via e-mail before the end of the course. Students are requested to check the online program also during the course for further notice and information.

B.A students are not admitted. Erasmus students are requested to contact the lecturer before enrolling in the course.

 

Assessment methods

 

Active participation in class discussions: 25%. By participation in class we mean the ability of the student to enter the debates, contributing with questions and/or elaborations of the topics proposed by the lecturer. This participation does not aim at testing students' specific preparation in the field, rather, they want to favor their ability to take part in discussions and their capability to discuss in group.

Final oral exams: 75%

The final oral exam will test the student's critical capability, his/her knowledge of the methodologies employed, her/his ability to combine theories with the analyses of the texts chosen. The close reading of the texts aims at showing the student's critical ability, their knowledge not only of the texts but also of their context of creation together with the cultural politics that inform them. Students are requested to use an appropriate language, to be able to articulate their thought in English (high level)and to have an accurate knowledge of the bibliography chosen for the exam.

Grades:

Excellent: Students' high capability to elaborate on the exiting debates on the topics chosen, originality of thought and excellent knowledge of the theories and of the texts chosen for the exam,  using also the theories employed during the course and showing comprehension of the bibliography selected, accurate and appropriate language.

Very good level:  Students' capability to elaborate on the exiting debates on the topics chosen, originality of thought and very good knowledge of the theories and of the texts chosen for the exam, using also the theories employed during the course and showing comprehension of the bibliography selected, and appropriate, accurate language.

Good level: Students' capability to elaborate on the exiting debates on the topics chosen, knowledge of the theories and of the texts chosen for the exam, their ability to read them using also the theories employed during the course and showing comprehension of the bibliography selected, and appropriate language.

Pass: Students' capability to enter the exiting debates on the topics chosen, knowledge of the theories and of the texts chosen for the exam, their ability to read them using also the theories employed during the course and showing comprehension of the bibliography selected, and appropriate language.

Fail: Student's lack of knowledge of the theories employed during the course, incapability to critical reading of the texts, inappropriate and inaccurate language.

 

Teaching tools

videos, power point, movies.

Office hours

See the website of Rita Monticelli