CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE

CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE

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Code
55897
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 8741 Theories and techniques of interlingual mediation (L-12) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-FIL-LET/11
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Theories and techniques of interlingual mediation)
semester
Annual
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Course title
a) Novelists and poets in in 20th century Italian society” b) Modern Italian history in the pages of Ligurian writers

Prerequisits

Knowledge of the general tendencies in Italian literature and history from Unification to 2000 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course is intended to broaden students’ knowledge of contemporary Italian literature, to get them accustomed to doing critical reading and to be familiar with the phenomena of literary creativity in relation with publishing and cultural reviews.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course will take into account both the relationship between Italian culture and that of foreign countries, and the interaction literature has with other art forms, with the most significant developments in society and with 20th century Italian life. After this introductory part, students will work on the prose and poetry of Ligurian writers who have depicted the main social and historical developments of Post-Unification Italy. 

Teaching methods

54 hours of lessons corresponding to 9 cfu

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

a) Novelists and poets in 20th century Italian society” b) Modern Italian history in the pages of Ligurian writers.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Required in order to facilitate exam preparation

a) Francesco De Nicola, Il Novecento letterario italiano, Genova, De Ferrari; read the entire book (any edition): Il cappello del prete by Emilio De Marchi; Conversazione in Sicilia di Elio Vittorini; Una questione privata di Beppe Fenoglio, Il nome della rosa di Umberto Eco plus one other novel among those cited in class. b) Maria Teresa Caprile-Francesco De Nicola, “Italia chiamò…”, Genova, De Ferrari, 2010; Giuseppe Cesare Abba, Da Quarto al Volturno, Sestri Levante, Gammarò; 2010; Carlo Pastorino, La prova della fame, ivi, 2016; Flavia Steno, “Sissignora”, Genova, De Ferrari, 2017.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

FRANCESCO DE NICOLA (President)

STEFANO FERNANDO VERDINO

MARIA TERESA CAPRILE

LESSONS

Teaching methods

54 hours of lessons corresponding to 9 cfu

EXAMS

Exam description

The oral exam in the summer, fall and winter exam sessions will include questions on the poetry and novels that were explained in class. Students will be asked to read, historically contextualize and comment on the poems studied in class and to focus on some of the novels in the bibliography to connect them to the issues and matters of literary history approached in class. Students must use correct Italian, which is appropriate to the university context, with a broad vocabulary.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
08/06/2020 09:30 GENOVA Orale L'esame si svolgerà in aula A Polo
06/07/2020 09:30 GENOVA Orale L'esame si svolgerà in aula A Polo
07/09/2020 09:30 GENOVA Orale aula C
21/09/2020 14:00 GENOVA Orale aula B

FURTHER INFORMATION

This course is required for first-year TTMI students. It is recommended for students, especially non-Italians, who intend to focus their studies on Contemporary Italian Literature through the study of the most important cultural issues of the 20th century and the  most significant works of poetry, which will be explained in class.