Anglo-American Culture and Civilization

L-LIN/11 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

Study of US culture through the interdisciplinary approach of American Studies and Cultural Studies; students will be able to identify the relationships between texts and contexts (historical, political, and social) and discuss the concept of American identity from both a national and a transnational perspective.

Course Structure

The lessons will be held in English. Traditional front lessons will also give way to class debate on topical issues to foster the direct involvement of students. To further encourage their active participation and help them study for the oral exam, attending students will be required to read/watch the primary texts before the lessons (the schedule will be provided in the classroom and posted on Studium).

Detailed Course Content

American Studies: theories, methods, and concepts; evolution of the research field and relationship with Cultural Studies. Vision and revision of the myths that built the nation. Theoretical approaches that are relevant for the study of US cultural aspects (Structuralism/Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, social theories, Feminist criticism, Gender and Queer Studies, Age Studies, Postcolonialism, Critical Race Theory and Critical Whiteness Studies, Border and Hemispheric Studies).

Textbook Information

For all students:


For non-attending students

In addition to the texts mentioned above, the following supplementary readings (available on Studium in .pdf format):


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For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

Open in PDF format Versione in italiano