Italian Literature LT (i) (2018/2019)

Course code
4S02172
Name of lecturer
Corrado Viola
Coordinator
Corrado Viola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
12
Academic sector
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to give students a full knowledge of the diachronic dimension of Italian literature, from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, to enable them to master the essential tools (linguistic, syntactic, stylistic, rhetorical, metrical ...) for reading and for the interpretation of texts, structures and forms.

Syllabus

Prerequisites: Notions of philology, stylistic, metric, rhetoric, history of criticism; Knowledge of manuals (level 'high school') of the texts and the fundamental lines of development of the Italian literary tradition from the Origins to the whole 16th Century. These prerequisites will be recalled during the lessons and will be the subject of a dedicated teaching support seminar.

Course Content:

Introductory part: Presentation of the main moments and authors of the Italian literary tradition from the Origins to the 16th Century, with analysis of exemplary texts.

Advanced part: Culture, literature and poetry in Dante's Commedia

• Introductory part:
1. G. Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, Firenze, Le Monnier Università, 2011, pp. 3-162 (the first section: Dalle Origini al Rinascimento)
2. Anthology of texts of the major authors of our literary tradition from the Origins to the Renaissance. The anthology will be entered into the e-learning platform.The texts to be analyzed will be indicated by the teacher during the course. The students who are not attending will have to present the written and detailed list of the selected songs, in pain of exclusion from the exam. These pieces will be chosen by each of the following works according to the deliveries shown below:
-DANTE ALIGHIERI, Divina Commedia: Five Cantos among those in anthology
-FRANCESCO PETRARCA, chansonnier: Five pieces, of which at least one song
-GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO, Decameron: five novels
-NICOLÒ MACHIAVELLI: Two chapters of the Principe and a scene of the Mandragola
-LUDOVICO ARIOSTO, Orlando Furioso: One of the songs in the anthology
-TORQUATO TASSO, Gerusalemme liberata: one of the Cantos in anthology


• ADVANCED PART: Full reading of Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia
The bibliography of this part comprises four sections: A (reference text), B (manuals), C (critical monographs), D (readings). All the texts listed below are compulsory preparation, obviously according to the specific instructions given in each section (e.g. the texts of section C are of choice). The texts indicated are easily available in any library:

A) DANTE ALIGHIERI, Divina Commedia (any edition as long as commented and complete; e.g.: Bosco-Reggio, Firenze, Le Monnier, 1979; Pasquini-Quaglio, Milano, Garzanti, 1987; Chiavacci Leonardi, Milano, Mondadori, 1991-1997; Merlante-Prandi, Brescia, La Scuola, 2005; Commedia multimediale, a cura di R. Bruscagli e G. Giudizi, libro + Cd Rom contenente la lettura integrale della Commedia di Ivano Marescotti e le introduzioni ai singoli canti di R. Bruscagli, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2011). The three volumes dedicated by Vittorio Sermonti to read the individual Cantos are highly recommended:
- V. SERMONTI, L’Inferno di Dante, con la supervisione di G. Contini, Milano, Rizzoli, 19933
- ID., Il Purgatorio di Dante, con la supervisione di G. Contini, Milano, Rizzoli, 19933
- ID., Il Paradiso di Dante, con la supervisione di G. Contini, Milano, Rizzoli, 19933

B) MANUALS (BOTH OF MANDATORY PREPARATION):
- G. INGLESE, Dante. Guida alla «Divina Commedia», Roma, Carocci, 2002
- S. BELLOMO, Filologia e critica dantesca, Brescia, La Scuola, 2008

C) CRITICAL MONOGRAPHS (TWO WILL BE CHOOSEN AMONG THE FOLLOWING ONES: ONE IN THE FIRST GROUP AND THE OTHER ONE IN THE SECOND):
First group:
- E. AUERBACH, Studi su Dante, pref. di D. Della Terza, Milano, Feltrinelli, 1963 (200216)
- G. CONTINI, Un’idea di Dante, Torino, Einaudi, 19761
- R. MONTANO, Dante filosofo e poeta. Nuova edizione rifatta di ‘Storia della poesia di Dante’, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 2016

Second group:
- E. SANGUINETI, Il realismo di Dante, Firenze, Sansoni, 1966
- N. BORSELLINO, Il poeta giudice. Dante e il tribunale della Commedia, Torino, Nino Aragno, 2011
- M. SANTAGATA, L’io e il mondo. Un’interpretazione di Dante, Bologna, il Mulino, 2011
- G. GORNI, Dante. Storia di un visionario, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008
- L. PERTILE, La punta del disio. Semantica del desiderio nella «Commedia», Fiesole, Cadmo, 2005
- A. BATTISTINI, La retorica della salvezza. Studi danteschi, Bologna, il Mulino, 2016

D) READINGS (BOTH MANDATORY):
- G. BOCCACCIO, Trattatello in laude di Dante; recommended edition: Vita di Dante, a cura di P. Baldan, Bergamo, Moretti e Vitali, 1991
- J.L. BORGES, Nove saggi danteschi, Milano, Adelphi, 2001

Diagrams of lectures, notes and additional teaching materials will be entered into the digital "e-learning" platform, which all students are required to consult regularly also for notices concerning the organization of the course during its unfolding. Further materials and bibliographical information will be provided during the lessons. Since the introductions and the possible appendices of the listed volumes are an integral part of the program, it is strongly recommended to apply the above editions.

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

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
MONTANO, Rocco Dante filosofo e poeta Salerno 2016
INGLESE, Giorgio Dante. Guida alla Divina Commedia Carocci 2002
GORNI, Guglielmo Dante. Storia di un visionario Laterza 2008
dante alighieri divina commedia Le Monnier 1979
BELLOMO, Saverio Filologia e critica dantesca La Scuola 2008
SERMONTI, Vittorio Il Paradiso di Dante Rizzoli  
Borsellino, Nino Il poeta giudice. Dante e il tribunale della Commedia Nino Aragno 2011
SERMONTI, Vittorio Il Purgatorio di Dante Rizzoli  
SANGUINETI, Edoardo Il realismo di Dante Sansoni 1966
PERTILE, Lino La punta del disio. Semantica del desiderio nella «Commedia» Cadmo 2005
BATTISTINI, Andrea La retorica della salvezza. Studi danteschi il Mulino 2016
Tellini, Gino Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio Le Monnier Università 2011
SERMONTI, Vittorio L'Inferno di Dante Rizzoli  
SANTAGATA, Marco L'io e il mondo. Un'interpretazione di Dante il Mulino 2011
BORGES, Jorge Luis Nove saggi danteschi Adelphi 2001
AUERBACH, Erich Studi su Dante Feltrinelli 2002
CONTINI, Gianfranco Un'idea di Dante Einaudi 1976
BOCCACCIO, Giovanni Vita di Dante Moretti e Vitali 1991

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