ITALIAN LITERATURE

ITALIAN LITERATURE

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Code
55867
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-FIL-LET/10
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Modern languages and cultures)
semester
2° Semester
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This unit is divided into 3 sections: A, B, C. This page refers to the section
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course is part of the Basic Learning Activities for the Degree Course of Modern Languages and Cultures, and bestows 9 ECTS, corresponding to 54 hours of classroom teaching and 171 hours reserved for personal study. It introduces the student to the study of major authors, most significant works, main poetics and most relevant cultural movements of Italian Literature history, from its origins to the 20th century.

 

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of this University Course is to give an idea of Italian literary tradition, from its origins to the actual days, with a particular eye to the different cultural typologies, interpretation of texts and contexts (musical, artistic, historical), and principally to the relationship with other foreign cultural systems.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to illustrate (in a historical-critical perspective) a selection of significant works and authors of Italian literature, providing students with the essential conceptual and methodological tools to understand the poetic language and analyze a literary passage from a content and metric-stylistic perspective.

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

a) recognize and explain the most important moments of the Italian literary tradition

b) interpret, paraphrase and analyse autonomously literary passages in poetry and prose, recognising their structural aspects (genre, metric form, rhetorical apparatus) and linking them to the historical-cultural contexts in which they were composed

c) make appropriate use of literary criticism terminology

d) compare passages from different periods and authors

e) explain and discuss the topics dealt with in written and oral form with clarity and language properties

PREREQUISITES

Basic knowledge (at high school level) of the history of Italian literature

Teaching methods

The course will take place in distance teaching mode (team "Letteratura italiana (A) 2020-2021: zosi4ht). During the lessons various examples of interpretation and textual analysis will be proposed, and the active participation of the students (with questions and interventions) will be encouraged. The teacher will also make available to students, in a special section of the AulaWeb e-learning portal, various didactic tools (slides used in the classroom, supplementary or study support materials).

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Module 1

Autonomous study of an anthology of texts, representative of the most important authors of Italian literature from the thirteenth to the early twentieth century. These excerpts – accompanied by short introductions and analysis sheets – will be available on the e-learning portal of the University of Genoa (AulaWeb) from the beginning of the course. In addition to these handouts, students can deepen their study of the anthologized authors by using a textbook of Italian literature.

This part of the program will be verified through a written test (see "Exam description” and “Assessment methods").

 

Module 2

The lessons of the course will be dedicated to the following topics:

  • I poeti dell’Inferno. Letture dalla Commedia dantesca
  • Beffe d’artista. Il ciclo di Calandrino del Decameron.
  • Foscolo, I sepolcri
  • Letteratura e macchine: D’Annunzio, Pirandello, i futuristi.

This part of the program will be verified through an oral test (see "Exam description” and “Assessment methods").

 

Syllabus for non-attending students

 

Module 1

Autonomous study of an anthology of texts, representative of the most important authors of Italian literature from the thirteenth to the early twentieth century. These excerpts – accompanied by short introductions and analysis sheets – will be available on the e-learning portal of the University of Genoa (AulaWeb) from the beginning of the course. In addition to these handouts, students can deepen their study of the anthologized authors by using a textbook of Italian literature.

This part of the program will be verified through a written test (see "Exam description” and “Assessment methods").

 

Module 2

- Dante, Divina Commedia: Inferno, cantos V, X, XIX, XXVI; Purgatorio, cantos III, VI; Paradiso, cantos VI, XVII (paraphrase and comment)

- Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron: choice of 5 novellas from Sixth Day

- Niccolò Machiavelli, La Mandragola (unabridged)

- Giacomo Leopardi, L’Infinito

- Giovanni Verga, I Malavoglia (unabridged)

- Eugenio Montale, Mottetti, from Le occasioni

This part of the program will be verified through an oral test (see "Exam description” and “Assessment methods").

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography for attending students

 

Module 1

- handouts in AulaWeb

Module 2

- Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia, a cura di Anna Maria Chiavacci Leonardi, Milano, Mondadori; oppure l’edizione a cura di Giorgio Inglese, Roma, Carocci; oppure l’edizione a cura di Bianca Garavelli, Milano, Bompiani (solo i passi indicati a lezione)

-Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron, a cura di Vittore Branca, Torino, Einaudi; oppure l’edizione con introduzione di Amedeo Quondam e testo critico e nota al testo a cura di Maurizio Fiorilla, Milano, Rizzoli (BUR). SOLO LE NOVELLE INDICATE A LEZIONE.

- Luigi Pirandello, Quaderni di Serafino Gubbio operatore, a cura di Simona Costa, Milano, Mondadori; oppure l’edizione a cura di Stefano Milioto, Milano, Rizzoli (BUR); oppure una qualsiasi edizione integrale del romanzo (lettura integrale del romanzo)

The bibliography of module 2 will be complemented by additional readings presented in class and made available on AulaWeb during the course.

 

Bibliography for non attending students

 

Module 1

- handouts in AulaWeb

 

Module 2

- Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia, edited by Anna Maria Chiavacci Leonardi, Milano, Mondadori; or edited by Giorgio Inglese, Roma, Carocci; or edited by Bianca Garavelli, Milano, Bompiani

- Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron, edited by Amedeo Quondam, Maurizio Fiorilla e Giancarlo Alfano, Milano, Rizzoli (BUR), 2013

- Michelangelo Picone, Leggiadri motti e pronte risposte: la sesta giornata, in Introduzione al “Decameron”, a cura di Michelangelo Picone e Margherita Mesirca, Firenze, Franco Cesati Editore, 2004, pp. 163-186

- Niccolò Machiavelli, La Mandragola, edited by Rinaldo Rinaldi, Milano, BUR-Rizzoli, 2010; or edited by Pasquale Stoppelli, Milano, Mondadori, 2016

- Luigi Blasucci, Per un progettato commento leopardiano: L’infinito, in «Nuova Rivista di Letteratura Italiana», XI, 1-2, 2008, pp. 183-195

- Giovanni Verga, I Malavoglia, edited by Ferruccio Cecco, Torino, Einaudi, 2014

- Eugenio Montale, Mottetti, edited by Dante Isella, Milano, Adelphi, 1988, or in E. Montale, Le occasioni, edited by Tiziana de Rogatis, Luigi Blasucci and Vittorio Sereni, Milano, Mondadori (Oscar poesia del Novecento), 2011, pp. 85-156

 

NB: non-attending students are asked to contact the teachers before starting to study for the exam.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: See http://www.diraas.unige.it/dipendente/711603/  

Exam Board

DUCCIO TONGIORGI (President)

LUCA BELTRAMI

MATTEO NAVONE (Substitute)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course will take place in distance teaching mode (team "Letteratura italiana (A) 2020-2021: zosi4ht). During the lessons various examples of interpretation and textual analysis will be proposed, and the active participation of the students (with questions and interventions) will be encouraged. The teacher will also make available to students, in a special section of the AulaWeb e-learning portal, various didactic tools (slides used in the classroom, supplementary or study support materials).

LESSONS START

15 february 2021

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam consists of a written and an oral test.

The written test focuses on the texts in the handouts available for the students in AulaWeb.

The oral exam focuses on the program carried out during the lessons (parts 1, 2, 3).

It is necessary to take the written test in order to access the oral exam. Each exam session (winter, summer, autumn) includes one written exam session and two oral exam sessions; further dates may be added during the year at the discretion of the teacher, in accordance with the regulations of the department and with the needs of the other courses. The student can participate in the oral exam from the first session following the publication of the results of the written exam. It is not possible to attend written and oral exams on the same session. The final grade is given by comparing the results obtained in the two tests.

To take part in the written and oral tests, the student must register within two days before the exam date on the website https://servizionline.unige.it/studenti/esami/prenotazione. Further information about the exams will be provided during the lessons.

Assessment methods

The written test includes some open-ended questions (with the request to paraphrase and comment on a literary text) in order to evaluate the skill of comprehension and analysis of a text in poetry or prose, the skill to write in a correct Italian language and the basic knowledge of the Italian literary history.

The oral exam consists of an interview on the topics discussed during the lessons, in order to evaluate the skills to contextualize a literary text in the frame of the Italian cultural history; to illustrate its metric-stylistic features; to make connections and comparisons among Italian and foreign literatures; to expose the contents with an appropriate language and to discuss the topics learned during the lessons.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
06/09/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
21/09/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Non-attending students, as well as attending ones, are requested to register for the course in AulaWeb.