ITALIAN LITERATURE II

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Code
64905
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-FIL-LET/10
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Letters and Humanities)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course is one of the core activities of the Arts course - Modern curriculum, and is composed of 60 hours of lectures (equivalent to 9 credits). It enables students to study the major authors and works as well as the most relevant poetics and cultural movements in the history of Italian literature from the 18th century onwards with a historical-critical method

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The general objective is to reinforce the core grounding of students and their ability to write correctly; other objectives are to learn the historiographical outlines of Italian literature; to gain knowledge of philological-textual elements that are introductory to the study of texts; to understand and analyse-comment literary texts with particular reference to genres

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of the course is to impart knowledge, competencies and skills vis-à-vis the study of Italian drama literature for both research development and training for school teaching. In particular, at the end of the course the student will be able to:

- demonstrate thorough knowledge of the historical development of Italian literature from the 18th century onwards, and show they have read and understood works and texts from major authors from the 18th century onwards.

- acquire skills for critical analysis, interpretation and contextualisation of literary texts on the basis of what was learned during the course.

- know how to clearly explain contents learned and textual analyses with appropriate critical language.

PREREQUISITES

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

Literary text reading and paraphrasing skills as well as textual analysis skills.

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons will hopefully be held in person, with the possibility of students to follow even remotely via videoconference on Teams platform (the access code will be provided here).

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

General part:

The general part of the course refers to the history of Italian literature as well as the texts necessary to be a teacher of humanistic and literary disciplines according to Italian literature ministerial programmes.

The general part will be tackled in lectures with interpretive and summary outlines and will be further analysed by students.

For the general part a good knowledge of Italian literature from the 18th century onwards is required (an unabridged reading of a good secondary school textbook is sufficient) and 15 cantos from Purgatorio (among which I, II, III, V, VI, XI, XIX, XX, XXVI, XXVIII) as well as 15 cantos from Paradiso (among which I, III, VI, XI, XII, XV, XVI, XVII, XXVII, XXXIII) must be read.

 

In particular, it is necessary to thoroughly study the following historical-critical topics:

The new historiography, Arcadia, Illuminism, 18th century theatre, Neoclassicism, Early Romanticism, the historical novel, Scapigliatura, 19th century poetry, Verism, Decadentism and Symbolism, the Crepusculars, Futurists, the main first 20th century reviews.

 

Particular attention will be given to the following authors and students must be familiar with their biographical-literary profile and have read a suitable anthology of texts (see also reading list):  Giambattista Vico, Pietro Metastasio, Pietro Verri, Carlo Goldoni, Carlo Gozzi, Vittorio Alfieri, Giuseppe Parini, Vincenzo Monti, Ugo Foscolo, Alessandro Manzoni, Giacomo Leopardi, Ippolito Nievo, Giosuè Carducci, Edmondo De Amicis, Giovanni Verga, Giovanni Pascoli, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Italo Svevo, Luigi Pirandello, Benedetto Croce, Guido Gozzano, Aldo Palazzeschi, Dino Campana, Clemente Rebora, Camillo Sbarbaro.

- Vico: 1 brano a scelta dalla Scienza nuova

- Metastasio: 1 brano a scelta dall’Olimpiade

- Pietro Verri: programma de Il Caffè

- Goldoni: lettura integrale di una commedia (Locandiera o Rusteghi)

- C. Gozzi: 1 brano a scelta dalle Fiabe teatrali

- Alfieri: il sonetto autoritratto,  Vita (integrale) e una tragedia  (Saul o Mirra)

- Parini: 3 brani da Il Giorno e 1 ode a scelta

- Monti:  1 brano della versione dall’Iliade

- Foscolo: i Sonetti maggiori e i Sepolcri, Il velo delle Grazie; Ortis integrale

- Manzoni: 1 inno sacro, 1 ode civile, antologia delle tragedie, I promessi sposi integrale

- Leopardi: Operette morali (integrali), brani dello Zibaldone; Canti integrali

- Belli: 5 poesie

- Nievo: 2 brani dalle Confessioni

- Carducci: antologia di 5 poesie

- De Amicis: 1 brano a scelta

- Verga: 1 novella da Vita dei campi, 1 da Novelle rusticane; 1 brano a scelta dal Mastro don GesualdoMalavoglia  integrale

- Pascoli: antologia di 15 poesie  da Myricae e Canti di Castelvecchio

- D'Annunzio: Il  Piacere (integrale), antologia dal Notturno e 5 poesie da Alcyone

- Svevo: antologia di brani da Una vita, SenilitàLa coscienza di Zeno integrale

- Pirandello: antologia di brani da Novelle per un anno, da Uno nessuno centomila e da L'umorismo

- Croce 1 brano a scelta

Il fu Mattia Pascal integrale

- Gozzano: 3 poesie a scelta

- Aldo Palazzeschi: 3 poesie a scelta

- Dino Campana: 2 poesie dai Canti orfici

- Clemente Rebora  2 poesie a scelta

- Camillo Sbarbaro: 2 poesie a scelta da Pianissimo

 

Monographic part:

A fundamental path in Italian literary history within national and European history, at the turn of two centuries, of relevant political and social dynamics (Revolution, Napoleonic age, Restoration, dawn of the Risorgimento), of rich cultural debate (Enlightenment, Neoclassicism, Romance). The path will take place between authors and texts, with particular attention to the major ones (Alfieri, Foscolo, Manzoni, Leopardi), but also to important figures of intellectual reference (Monti, Pindemonte, Giordani, de Maistre); attention will be paid to female writing (Isabella Teotochi, Teresa Bandettini) and to the relationship with musical theater (da Ponte, Rossini), crucial for the time.

For the texts, reading and commentary by:

da Ponte, Le nozze di Figaro (libretto per Mozart)

Alfieri, Vita

Foscolo, Ortis – Sepolcri – Aiace

Manzoni, Pentecoste – Odi – Adelchi

Leopardi, Canzoni e piccoli Idilli

Per detti testi si consiglia l’uso di buone edizioni con commento:

Da PONTE, Memorie – Libretti mozartiani, Garzanti

ALFIERI, Vita, a cura di C. Forno, Feltrinelli

FOSCOLO, Ortis, a cura F. Frare, Feltrinelli

FOSCOLO, Poesie, a cura di M. Palumbo, BUR

MANZONI, Tutte le poesie, a cura di L. Danzi, BUR

MANZONI, Adelchi, Garzanti

LEOPARDI, Canti, Oscar Mondadori

 

Other texts will be communicated and posted on Aulaweb.

 

A series of lectures will be dedicated to the poetry of Mario Luzi (1914-2005), with a historical-critical profile and analysis of an anthology of texts.

MARIO LUZI, Poesie, Garzanti

 

 

 

 

Exercise

At your choice
1) Reading and reviewing a critical essay in the bibliography "to learn more"
2) Comment on a letter from the author of the period 1787-1822 to be agreed with the teacher3) Reading and reviewing a book of poetry  of Mario Luzi
4) Bibliographic exercise to be agreed with the teacher
5) Participation in the seminar on poets in 2021 (Maximum 10 participants in the classroom or online)

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

TThe study of the general part can be conducted on an updated manual of history and literary anthology for high schools (preferably G. Ferroni, Storia e testi della letteratura italiana, Milano, Mondadori Università (vol. VI-VII-VIII and IX, up to Svevo including, with the addition of Campana, Rebora, Sbarbaro from the following chapter The new poetry).The Divina Commedia can be studied using an up-to-date school edition (this edition is recommended: Dante Alighieri, La Divina Commedia. Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, edited by A.M. Chiavacci Leonardi, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2006; edited by U. Bosco and G. Reggio, Firenze, Le Monnier, 1993; edited by G. Inglese, Roma, Carocci, 2016).

For the monographic part:

Da PONTE, Memorie – Libretti mozartiani, Garzanti

ALFIERI, Vita, a cura di C. Forno, Feltrinelli

FOSCOLO, Ortis, a cura F. Frare, Feltrinelli

FOSCOLO, Poesie, a cura di M. Palumbo, BUR

MANZONI, Tutte le poesie, a cura di L. Danzi, BUR

MANZONI, Adelchi, Garzanti

LEOPARDI, Canti, Oscar Mondadori

Altri testi verranno comunicati e postati su Aulaweb.

 

Per approfondire:

 

Per approfondire:

Benedetto Croce, Storia d’Europa nel secolo XIX, Milano, Adelphi

Donald Sassoon, La cultura degli Europei. Dall’800 a oggi, Milano, BUR, 2007

Giulio Bollati, L'invenzione dell'Italia moderna. Leopardi, Manzoni e altre imprese ideali prima dell'Unità , Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2014 (anche ebook)

Paolo D’Angelo, Le nevrosi di Manzoni – Quando la storia uccise la poesia, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013

Antonio Prete, La poesia del vivente. Leopardi con noi, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2019 (anche ebook)

Silvia Tatti, Esuli: scrittori e scrittici dall'antichità ad oggi, Carocci, 2021

 

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: At the moment the reception is on teams, by appointment agreed by email to the teacher.   For reception in the presence wait for subsequent indications.  

Exam Board

STEFANO FERNANDO VERDINO (President)

ANDREA FERRANDO

GIORDANO RODDA (Substitute)

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons will hopefully be held in person, with the possibility of students to follow even remotely via videoconference on Teams platform (the access code will be provided here).

LESSONS START

The lessons will hopefully be held in person, with the possibility of students to follow even remotely via videoconference on Teams platform (the access code will be provided here).

 

The start date of the lessons will be communicated as soon as possible

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam is oral and is composed of two parts: a textual analysis and interview both for the general part and the monographic part.

 

At the interview, the student will also present a short written essay: either a bibliographic exercise or a summary of a critical essay or a comment on a text (3000 characters) or a review of a recent book of poetry (3000 characters); more information in the classroom and on the web classroom. Those who attended the seminar on the new poetry are exempt.


 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For the textual analysis, students will be evaluated in relation to the following: text exegesis skills, ability to illustrate metric-stylistic characteristics, contextualise from a historical-cultural point of view, as well as interpret with a critical method and specialised language.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
16/12/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale Per i corsi fino al 2020-21
18/01/2022 14:30 GENOVA Orale
01/02/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
11/05/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
24/05/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
07/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
28/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
12/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students who cannot attend the course are advised to register for the course on AulaWeb