ROMANCE PHILOLOGY

ROMANCE PHILOLOGY

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Code
64895
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-FIL-LET/09
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Letters and Humanities)
semester
Annual
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Romance philology studies the formation of languages that have evolved from Latin in its expansion process. Along side this evolution and the languages formed on this basis, the initial forms of literature born from these languages are studied (especially French, Spanish and Italian). Thus, literature from the middle ages that promoted new types of invention and expression (for example novels about King Arthur) will be studied.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to analyse notions relating to the origin, structure and evolution of Romance literature (especially Italian but also French and Spanish). These notions refer to the articulation and history of Romance literature in relation to narrative culture and forms that were configured in Western Europe between the 12th and 14th centuries by transferring narrative materials often from far away origins in terms of time and space (Latin texts, especially Ovid’s “The Metamorphosis”, oriental texts from India or Persia mediated by Byzantium, ‘Breton’ texts from Welsh chronicles), to the western short story, from the “Lais” in langue d’oil to the Italian novella in the 14th and 15th centuries.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

The course aims to give students the widest and clearest possible panorama of the formation of languages that originated from the common Latin matrix and the literature written in these languages over the centuries of their formation. More specifically, the course proposes illustrating the network of fruitful encounters, contacts and relations among different Romance areas as well as with nearby cultural contexts especially in Germanic and oriental areas.

Teaching methods

The programme for the Romance Philology course takes place during the first semester (between October and December). It will be divided into three weekly lessons of two hours each and will be integrated with material - sometimes visual - that will be introduced on aula web (students must register for aulaweb). The exam has a written part consisting of a brief essay illustrating notions relating to the third part of the course which revolves around Courtly literature in France and Italy in the centuries between the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu

 

The course is divided into three parts (Six-month course. First semester)

Part I (20 hours)

The origins of Romance literature. French and Provencal literature

 

 

Part II (20 hours)

The origins of Romance languages

 

 

Part III (20 hours)

Courtly literature in France and Italy (13th-16th centuries)

 

 

N.B. Lectures in all three parts will be integrated by material available on aula web. Students must register for aulaweb.

Students are urged to attend lectures. Those who are unable to attend must contact teaching staff (see below).

 

 

 

Programme for students taking the course for 9 cfu

 

The course is divided into three parts (Six-month course. First semester)

Part I (20 hours)

The origins of Romance literature. French and Provencal literature

 

 

Part II (20 hours)

The origins of Romance languages

 

 

Part III (20 hours)

Courtly literature in France and Italy (13th-16th centuries)

 

 

N.B. Lectures in all three parts will be integrated by material available on aula web. Students must register for aulaweb.

Students are urged to attend lectures. Those who are unable to attend must contact teaching staff:

1) (preferably) by email: Margherita.Lecco@unige.it

2) by telephone: 010 209 514 47

3) office hours: Wednesday 10-11, Thursday 11-12

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MASSIMO BONAFIN (President)

MARGHERITA LECCO (President)

CLAUDIA ROSSI

JOSE VINCENZO MOLLE

MAURA SONIA BARILLARI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The programme for the Romance Philology course takes place during the first semester (between October and December). It will be divided into three weekly lessons of two hours each and will be integrated with material - sometimes visual - that will be introduced on aula web (students must register for aulaweb). The exam has a written part consisting of a brief essay illustrating notions relating to the third part of the course which revolves around Courtly literature in France and Italy in the centuries between the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance.

LESSONS START

(approx. from September to December) and II semester (approx. from February to May)

 

EXAMS

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral and a written exam (see Exam information)

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

https://www.unige.it/off.f/2015/cds/8457.html

Extra information and explanations will be made available on aulaweb.