This is a second-year course taught in the first semester. It introduces to aspects of nineteenth-century fiction and poetry from Romanticism to the mid- and late-Victorian periods. 

  • Aims and content
    • LEARNING OUTCOMES

      BA courses aim to provide students with a basic knowledge of British literature and culture from the Renaissance to the present age with special emphasis on the development of modern fiction, post-colonial studies, twentieth-century modernism and post-modernism.

      AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

      Students who attend this course regularly, and study the prescribed materials, will acquire a detailed knowledge of some aspects of nineteenth-century fiction and poetry. They will be able to analyse a number of literary texts, describe their main formal features and connect them to specific historical and cultural contexts.

      SYLLABUS/CONTENT

      The course is taught in the first semester and provides an introduction to nineteenth-century literature. The lectures and seminars will offer a historical, literary and cultural survey of nineteenth century Britain, focussing on some major poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Swinburne, Arnold and Hardy) and novelists (Dickens and Hardy). Particular attention will be devoted to the evolution of the concept of nature; the relationship between the country and the city; social mobility in the mid-Victorian period; Darwinism and the novel.

      RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

      Students will read the following works in any unabridged edition of their choice.

      Two novels, one by Charles Dickens and one by Thomas Hardy, chosen between the following:

      - Charles Dickens, Hard Times and Great Expectations;

      - Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native and Tess of the D’Urbervilles;

      Students will also have to make themselves familiar with the history of English Literature 1785-1900. Other materials (poems, essays, contextual and critical texts) will be made available through aulaweb and/or in the Department library.

      URL timetable
      ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE II
      http://www.lingue.unige.it/didattica/orari
  • Who
  • How
    • TEACHING METHODS

      Lectures in English and seminar activities. Attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend will have to read some supplementary material. Erasmus students should contact Prof. Colombino by the beginning of the course.

      EXAM DESCRIPTION

      This course is assessed by written examination on the contents of the course and the reading list, as well as other compulsory materials. Language of examination: English. Total test time: 3 hrs.

      ASSESSMENT METHODS

      The exam paper involves open questions on the historical period, the cultural contexts, literary movements and main authors) and guided commentary of literary texts (poems, extracts of novels). The open questions test knowledge and comprehension; the guided commentary tests the student's ability to recognise and describe the main formal features of specific texts, and connect them to contextual historical and cultural information; it also tests the student's comprehension of, and ability to respond to, critical materials included in the reading list.

  • Where and when
    • URL timetable
      ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE II
      http://www.lingue.unige.it/didattica/orari
      LESSONS START

      Tuesday 17 October

      TIME OF CLASSES: Tuesday, 13-14, Aula 3 B, Magazzini dell'Abbondanza; Friday 10-12, Aula I, Magazzini dell'Abbondanza

      OFFICE HOURS FOR STUDENTS
      Laura Colombino

      All information and updates on Prof. Colombino's office hours are to be found on her departmental webpage:

      http://www.lingue.unige.it/?post_type=dipendente&p=2091

      Sessions
      Date Time Type Place Notes
      5 febbraio 2018 8:45 Scritto Genova Aula 15, Albergo dei Poveri. Munirsi di protocolli. È consentito l'uso del dizionario.
      19 febbraio 2018 8:45 Scritto Genova Aula 15, Albergo dei Poveri. Munirsi di protocolli.
      9 aprile 2018 9:00 Scritto Genova Aula 1 Albergo dei Poveri. Munirsi di protocolli. E' consentito l'uso del dizionario mono o bilingue.
      12 giugno 2018 9:00 Scritto Genova
      25 giugno 2018 8:45 Scritto Genova Aula 15, Albergo dei Poveri. Munirsi di protocolli.
      9 luglio 2018 9:00 Scritto Genova
      12 luglio 2018 14:00 Scritto Genova Aula IV, Balbi 5. Munirsi di protocolli.
      4 settembre 2018 9:00 Scritto Genova
      12 settembre 2018 8:45 Scritto Genova Aula Magna, Polo. Munirsi di protocolli.
      18 settembre 2018 9:00 Scritto Genova
      27 settembre 2018 8:45 Scritto Genova Aula Magna, Polo didattico. Munirsi di protocolli.
      7 dicembre 2018 14:00 Orale Genova Aula 2, Albergo dei Poveri. Munirsi di protocolli. È consentito l'uso del dizionario.
      17 dicembre 2018 14:00 Scritto Genova
  • FURTHER INFORMATION
    • Attendance is heartily recommended. Students who are unable to attend, will have to study some supplementary or different material. Course enrolment via aulaweb is mandatory. Examination enrolment is through the Ateneo website.

  • Contacts