20711198 - LETTERATURE E CULTURE USA DEL NOVECENTO

The course focuses on the most significant literary and cultural movements in the XXth and XXIst centuries. We will consider in particular the relation between literature and the arts (cinema, theater, television, music, etc.) by selecting specific case studies.
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Programme

"California Dreamin'"

Everybody's Autobiography, Gertrude Stein, 1937

The Last Tycoon, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, 1941

Slouching towards Bethlem, Joan Didion, 1969

Kindred, Octavia Butler, 1979

L.A. Confidential, James Ellroy, 1990

The Beautiful Struggle, Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2008

Core Documentation

Everybody's Autobiography, Gertrude Stein, 1937

The Last Tycoon, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, 1941

Slouching towards Bethlem, Joan Didion, 1969

Kindred, Octavia Butler, 1979

L.A. Confidential, James Ellroy, 1990

The Beautiful Struggle, Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2008

Reference Bibliography

"A Brief History of American Literature", Richard Gray, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

Type of delivery of the course

The 30 hours of in-class teaching will have to be integrated by the individual reading of the texts. It'll be possible to attend online via TEAMS. Teaching will also include showing of PPT slides, audiovisuals, and other materials which will be provided by the professor. More details about the way the course is structured will be given the first day of class.

Attendance

Attendance is optional but highly recommended.

Type of evaluation

The written exam consists of three open questions. Students will be asked to elaborate complex answers, proving they have put critical thought into the analysis of the texts and they are able to read them against the background of the theoretical framework discussed in class.