20710461 - North American Literatures and Visual Cultures

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Mutuazione: 20710461 North American Literatures and Visual Cultures in Lingue e letterature per la didattica e la traduzione LM-37 STEFANELLI MARIA ANITA


The student will be involved in thinking about the relationships between poetry, theater, the visual arts, the verbal language, and the graphic forms of art as they interrelate with politics in the context of the first and second part of the 20th century and beyond, into the next Millennium. Single poets, who had as a model and inspirer pre-Romantic William Blake, such as William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Patchen, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, international artists such as Blaise Cendrars, Marcel Duchamp, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Jean-Louis Basquiat, American painters like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, experimental figures of performance, such as Julian Beck and Judith Malina of the Living Theater, female film director Shirley Clarke. and the avangardists involved in 'OH! Calcutta' exploding off-Broadway in 1968, as well as unique Mickey Mouse fan Ronnie Cutrone -- all of them tended to promote the marriage between verbal matter and the iconographic dimension. Beside supplying the presentation of the work, both textual, aural, and visual, for the students to absorb as an updated collection of contemporary culture, where genres and styles mix and match to give birth to innovative forms, the students will be led to acquire a critical-theoretical framework within which to handle such subversive and anticommercial creations independently, and be encouraged to develop new and attractive methods of teaching literature to schoolchildren.

Core Documentation

Module 1-6 CFU The exam will be in English

*Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Away above a Harborful" In 'Pictures of the Gone World' San Francisco, Pocket Poets Series, City Lights Publications, 1955.
*Kenneth Patchen, “Picture Poems', https://www.pinterest.it/pin/38773246761932816/?autologin=true
*Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown”
*Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan, versione integrale del film (Biblioteca DAMS) Per il play, qualsiasi edizione.
Kenneth Tynan et al. Oh! Calcutta! (cfr. www) Per lo script (online), vedi link: https://archive.org/details/ohcalcuttaentert00tyna -- OPTIONAL
*Video: "Portrait of Jason", directed by Shirley Clarke (Videoteca del Dipartimento).
Video: The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye (online) -- OPTIONAL
*Video: Stranger Inside, directed by Cheryl Dunye (Amazon.it, online orders)

Modulo 7-12 CFU
E. O'Neill, "Desire under the Elms", "A Long Day's Journey into Night"
T. Williams, "A Streetcar Named Desire"
A. Miller, "Death of a Salesman"
The students can choose texts from the different editions. Biblioteca Petrocchi keeps most of them, retrievable through "discovery".

Type of delivery of the course

The course will be structured into a series of teaching units including frontal lectures, the presentation of a case-study, the oral delivery of the different forms and themes, and the independent study of a work of the same style and quality as those dealt with in class, chosen freely by the student. A power point presentation will be shown to the class by each of the students. Grading will be based on interactive comments in class, the discussion of the works approached, and a written specimen of the analysis undertaken in class, or derived from independent work.


Attendance is ALWAYS encouraged. Those students who cannot attend classes because they need to work, must make an appontment to see the teacher at least twince before the final exam. ERASMUS students are not justified for undertaking a job.

Type of evaluation

The course will be structured according to a series of didactic units including the frontal lesson, a seminar for the presentation of a case study, the oral repetition of the different forms and themes and the autonomous study of a work of your choice among those to which you have made a brief reference of or chosen freely. The assessment will depend, both in the classroom and at the time of the examination, on the interactive comments in the classroom, the discussion of the works studied and a brief presentation of a sample of the subject under investigation in the classroom or in independent work. ERASMUS students are not justified for work reasons.