The book is designed to be used in language, literature and culture courses for students in the upper-intermediate or advanced level. University students of English language and cultures have to read complex fictional and theoretical works. This clearly calls for work in the classroom, where students can practise understanding and discussing different types of texts. There is also a need to acquire competence in critical writing and to learn how to apply contemporary methodologies and concepts. As a practical course in cultural analysis, the present book offers guided exercises in analysing film and literary texts, namely Alien by Ridley Scott and Beloved by Toni Morrison. The final chapter deals with essay writing, and includes a detailed guide for the production of a video essay.
Susanna Poole works as an English language teacher at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, where she has taught seminars on cinema in the English language and video production since 1998. She has researched and written above all in the field of women film studies