Italian literature (p) (2018/2019)

Course code
4S01344
Name of lecturer
Fabio Danelon
Coordinator
Fabio Danelon
Number of ECTS credits allocated
12
Academic sector
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Historical knowledge of Italian Literature from Seventeenth Century to Italian Unification (1861) with regard to its texts, contests, influences and codifications. Critical bibliography and essential tools and implements to understand literary forms and structures.

Syllabus

Prerequisites: Complete knowledge of the former Italian literary tradition (from the beginning to the Sixteenth Century) is required; before taking Letteratura Italiana Exam (p), students must have passed the Letteratura Italiana exam (i) for 12 cfu.

Course content: For the introductory part: presentation of the main movements and authors of the Italian literary tradition from Seventeenth Century to Italian Unification (1861) making reference to exemplary texts.

The second part of the course will be dedicate to: Reading of Giacomo Leopardi's "Operette morali": the comic, the tragic, the fantastic.

Reference Texts: For the introductory part: Gino Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, Firenze, Le Monnier Università, 2011 (the section: Dalla Nuova Scienza all’epica risorgimentale). Students will complete this study with a selection of the main authors of our literary tradition from Seventeenth Century to Italian Unification (available in e-learning platform). Worktexts will be suggested during the lectures.
Non attending students will demonstrate to be able to analyze:
G.B. Marino: a passage from Adone;
G. Galilei: a passage from Saggiatore or Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo;
C. Goldoni: choise of one act of any comedy play;
G. Parini: one ode and one passage from Il Giorno;
V. Alfieri: one act of Mirra and one passage from Vita;
U. Foscolo: two sonnets and one section of Dei Sepolcri;
G. Leopardi: three cantos and one choise from Operette morali;
A. Manzoni: one poem and one passage from I Promessi Sposi;
A written list of the students choises must be shown during the exam.

For the second part of the exam:
Complete reading of "Operette morali" by Giacomo Leopardi in a complete and commented edition. It is suggested that by Laura Melosi, Milano, Rizzoli-BUR, 2008
One of the following texts (two for non attending students):
Walter Binni, Lettura delle "Operette morali", Genova, Marietti, 1987;
Giuseppe Sangirardi, Il libro dell'esperienza e il libro della sventura. Forme della mitografia filosofica nelle "Operette morali", Roma, Bulzoni, 2000;
'Quel libro senza uguali'. Le "Operette morali" e il Novecento italiano, a cura di Novella Bellucci, Andrea Cortellessa, Roma, Bulzoni, 2000;
Giuliana Benvenuti, Un cervello fuori di moda. Saggi sul comico delle "Operette morali", Bologna, Pendragon, 2001;
Laura Neri, La responsabilità della prosa. Retorica e argomentazione nelle "Operette morali" di Leopardi, Milano, Led, 2008;
Emilio Russo, Ridere del mondo. La lezione di Leopardi, Bologna, il Mulino, 2017

Teaching methods: Lectures and reading and text interpretation exercises. Seminars and papers.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Giuseppe Sangirardi Il libro dell'esperienza e il libro della sventura. Forme della mitografia filosofica nelle "Operette morali" Bulzoni 2000
Laura Neri La responsabilità della prosa. Retorica e argomentazione nelle "Operette morali" di Leopardi LED 2008
Gino Tellini Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio Le Monnier Università 2011
Walter Binni Lettura delle "Operette morali" Marietti 1987
Giacomo Leopardi Operette morali Rizzoli-BUR 2008
Novella Bellucci, Andrea Cortellessa (curatori) 'Quel libro senza uguali'. Le "Operette morali" e il Novecento italiano Bulzoni 2000
Emilio Russo Ridere del mondo. La lezione di Leopardi il Mulino 2017
Giuliana Benvenuti Un cervello fuori di moda. Saggi sul comico delle "Operette morali" Pendragon 2001

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral assessment of the acquired knowledge, in relation to each of the two parts in which the program is distinct, both for attending students and non-attending students. In particular for the first part: 1) Verification of historical-literary knowledge and relative ability to contextualise; 2) Verification of the ability to understand and analyze the different types of literary texts through the detailed examination of texts in verse and prose. In particular for the second part: 1) Verification of the ability to contextualise and critical analysis of texts, also with reference to the main methods of investigation; 2) Verification of the knowledge of the reference critical bibliography and of the ability to use it in reference to the texts analyzed.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018