CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE

CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE

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Code
64906
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
9 credits during the 3nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-FIL-LET/11
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Letters and Humanities)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course, divided in a general part and in three monographic sections (two for students who take the course for 6 credits), aims to deepen the study of the authors and texts of Italian literature of the last century, focusing in particular on some fundamental junctions. It will offer a reading of the texts examined, which will be accompanied by philological and bibliographical information and which will not neglect the opening to problems and historical-critical questions and the multiple connections to the publishing world.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Analysis of modern Italian literature (poetry, narrative prose, essays) both in relation to texts and critical methodology as well as a pondered historiographical setting. Broadening the critical perspective to take account of parallel experiences and experiments in the terrain of music and visual arts

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to achieve the following educational objectives: 1) knowledge of the evolution of Italian literary history of the last century, with particular attention to the fundamental junctions examined; 2) understanding of the mechanisms that regulate the "literary field", ie how a single work is placed with respect to the historical, critical and editorial context; 3) ability to analyze the interaction that is triggered between the literary text and the surrounding society, and how the former is a consequence of the second, but also represents an attempt to modify it.

At the end of the course the student is expected to have achieved the following results: 1) adequate knowledge of contemporary Italian literature; 2) a capacity for oral expression appropriate to the subject matter, with mastery of an appropriate vocabulary; 3) ability to analyze literary text; 4) ability to understand the interaction between literary text, social context and editorial.

PREREQUISITES

Essential prerequisite of teaching is a good ability to read and understand literary texts that allows access in autonomy to authors and works of the last century that will be the subject of monographic study during the lessons.

Students are advised to have taken the Italian literature I and II exams before attending this course.

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of lectures, with pc and projector, for a total of 54 hours.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu

The program is divided into a general part and two in-depth monographs. The general part of the program refers to the whole history and texts of Italian literature of the last century: it will be treated in class for interpretative lines and will be studied in depth by the student. The two in-depth monographs will focus on the following topics:

- Carlo Emilio Gadda between Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana e La cognizione del dolore

- Elio Vittorini: writing and cultural planning

 

Programme for students taking the course for 9 cfu

The program is divided into a general part and three in-depth monographs. The general part of the program refers to the whole history and texts of Italian literature of the last century: it will be treated in class for interpretative lines and will be studied in depth by the student. The two in-depth monographs will focus on the following topics:

- Carlo Emilio Gadda between Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana e La cognizione del dolore

- Elio Vittorini: writing and cultural planning

- Giorgio Caproni as prose writer

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu

1) For the general part:

- Giulio Ferroni, Letteratura italiana contemporanea 1945-2014, seconda edizione, Mondadori Università, Milano 2015.

2) For the two in-depth monographs:

- A novel (to read and study, with the relevant critical apparatus, in the edition indicated below) chosen between the following two: Carlo Emilio Gadda, La cognizione del dolore, a cura di Paola Italia, Giorgio Pinotti e Claudio Vela, Adelphi, Milano 2017; Carlo Emilio Gadda, Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana, a cura di Giorgio Pinotti, Adelphi, Milano 2018.

- Edoardo Esposito, Elio Vittorini. Scrittura e utopia, Donzelli, Roma 2011.

- A novel by Elio Vittorini chosen from Il garofano rosso, Conversazione in Sicilia e Uomini e no (to be read in any edition).

 

Programme for students taking the course for 9 cfu

1) For the general part:

- Giulio Ferroni, Letteratura italiana contemporanea 1945-2014, seconda edizione, Mondadori Università, Milano 2015.

2) For the three in-depth monographs:

- A novel (to read and study, with the relevant critical apparatus, in the edition indicated below) chosen between the following two: Carlo Emilio Gadda, La cognizione del dolore, a cura di Paola Italia, Giorgio Pinotti e Claudio Vela, Adelphi, Milano 2017; Carlo Emilio Gadda, Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana, a cura di Giorgio Pinotti, Adelphi, Milano 2018.

- Edoardo Esposito, Elio Vittorini. Scrittura e utopia, Donzelli, Roma 2011.

- A novel by Elio Vittorini chosen from Il garofano rosso, Conversazione in Sicilia e Uomini e no (to be read in any edition).

- Giorgio Caproni, Racconti scritti per forza, a cura di Adele Dei, con la collaborazione di Michela Balbini, Garzanti, Milano 2019, pp. 1-172 e 375-418.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: On Wednesday, 12.00, at the DIRAAS section of Italianistica (via Balbi 6 - I floor)

Exam Board

ANDREA AVETO (President)

ALESSANDRO FERRARO

DARIO GATTIGLIA

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of lectures, with pc and projector, for a total of 54 hours.

LESSONS START

September 17th, 2019

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral exam in the form of interview with questions related to both the general part and the monographs.

Assessment methods

Expected knowledge and skills will be verified through an oral exam. The preparation will be considered adequate if the student demonstrates the ability to exhibit using a relevant terminology, will show that he understood the issues addressed during the lessons, will be able to independently apply the critical reflection on the proposed works, revealing that he was able to develop in a personal way the teaching content.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
16/06/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale
14/07/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale
08/09/2020 09:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Class attendance, although not mandatory, is strongly recommended.

All students are required to register on AulaWeb.