19thC British Writers in Italy
Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Maureen McCue
Overall aims and purpose
To read, analyse and critically assess a number of imaginative and non-fiction texts by British and American writers which are concerned with the culture, landscape, history and art of Italy.
To discover the ways in which national identities are explored and articulated through a juxtaposition with or a consumption of the ‘other’ or ‘others’.
To examine the ways in which various genres informed and shaped each other over the course of the long nineteenth century.
To utilize contemporary scholarship in a number of disciplines in order to examine the ways in which literature shapes culture and influences social dynamics.
This course explores the dynamic place Italy – its literature, art, landscape and culture – held for nineteenth-century British writers. Through reading a variety of texts, including poetry, novels, travel writing/guides and art criticism, we will examine the ways in which writers commented on a number of identities, at individual, national and international levels. Students will be encouraged to draw on source material from a number of disciplines, in order to understand the complex dialectical relationships between cultures, particularly the intersection between literature and various visual and plastic arts. Of central importance will be the concepts of the ‘other’ and of ‘cultural capital’, both of which will be supported by current scholarship on post-Waterloo tourism to Italy and publishing practices in the long nineteenth century. Emphasis will be placed on Romantic authors, including Byron, the Shelleys and Jameson, though may also include their Victorian counterparts such as the Brownings and George Eliot.
Typically, work graded D- to D+ (or 40 to 49) will show many of the following qualities: • Unsure and lacking in confidence when discussing ideas • Referring to the subject in question in a superficial manner • Making an effort to provide fairly balanced answers • Some points in the argument irrelevant to the topic • Little evidence of background reading • Some uncertainty over language and syntax • Strengths and weaknesses fairly balanced; occasionally clumsy and unimaginative • In creative work: superficial • Not succeeding in mastering the requirements of the medium
Typically, work graded B- to B+ (or 60 to 69) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas adeptly • Most of the arguments about a specific field are well-aired • Displays knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is relevant • Shows analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of relevant reading • Shows accuracy in expression with mastery over language. • A few minor errors here and there. • Signs of creative thought deserve a higher position within the class • In creative work: shows signs of originality, having understood the requirements of the medium • Plans of well-balanced and full answers, despite some gaps
Typically, work graded A- to A** (or 70 to 100) will show many of the following qualities:
• Discusses ideas with confidence and precision • Demonstrates maturity and sophistication • Displays deep knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is totally relevant • Shows independent, analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of substantial and relevant reading • Shows great accuracy in expression, displaying total mastery over all aspects of the language • Shows occasional signs of brilliance and originality of thought • In creative work: displays considerable originality • Command over medium; may have potential for publication/production
Appreciate, analyse and interpret a range of long-nineteenth century texts.
Engage with contemporary nineteenth-century scholarship across the disciplines, and use the knowledge gained to thoughtfully respond, both verbally and in writing, to the texts and ideas about culture, identity and literary form.
Appreciate how literary texts respond to each other and how they shape/are shaped by the social, cultural, political and artistic concerns they examine.
Select, digest and organise material and produce a consistent and coherent argument, presented in essay form, to a deadline.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- W890: BA Creative&Professional Writing year 3 (BA/CPW)
- Q300: BA English year 3 (BA/E)
- 2P78: BA English Lit with Creative Writing with International Exp year 4 (BA/ECI)
- Q3W4: BA English with Creative Writing year 3 (BA/ECW)
- Q3P5: BA English with Journalism year 3 (BA/EJ)
- QW38: BA English with Creative Writing (with International Exp) year 4 (BA/ELCWR)
- Q310: BA Eng Lit with Eng Lang year 3 (BA/ELEL)
- 3QV1: BA History and English Literature year 3 (BA/ELH)
- 09V3: BA English Literature and Italian year 4 (BA/ELI)
- 3YT5: BA English Literature and Spanish year 4 (BA/ELIS)
- 065C: BA English Literature with Journalism year 3 (BA/ELJ)
- 1Q3Q: BA Linguistics and English Literature year 3 (BA/ELL)
- QQC3: BA English Lang and Lit year 3 (BA/ELLIT)
- 32N6: BA English Literature and Music year 3 (BA/ELM)
- 32M8: BA English Literature with Theatre and Performance year 3 (BA/ELTP)
- M3Q9: BA English Literature and Criminology and Criminal Justice year 3 (BA/ENC)
- 2P17: BA English Literature and Creative Writing year 3 (BA/ENCW)
- Q3Q2: BA English Language w English Lit year 3 (BA/ENGEL)
- 8H25: BA English Literature year 3 (BA/ENGL)
- 2D13: BA English Literature with Creative Writing year 3 (BA/ENGLC)
- 8H26: BA English Literature (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/ENIE)
- 06CD: BA French and English Literature year 4 (BA/FEL)
- 3P3Q: BA Film Studies and English Literature year 3 (BA/FSEL)
- 3N7S: BA German and English Literature year 4 (BA/GEL)
- Q1Q3: BA Ling with Eng Lit year 3 (BA/LEL)
- 3HPQ: BA Media Studies and English Literature year 3 (BA/MEN)
- 3VQV: BA Philosophy and Religion and English Literature year 3 (BA/PREN)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 3 (BA/SEL)
- Q2W9: MArts English Literature with Creative Writing year 3 (MARTS/ELCW)
- Q320: MArts English Literature year 3 (MARTS/ELIT)