Italian literature (m) - II MODULO PARTE (P) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Fabio Forner
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem 1B dal Nov 11, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The teaching of Italian literature (m) aims at:
• perfect the linguistic, historical-literary and formal structures of Italian literature;
• analyze and comment on literary texts from a philological-critical point of view and through the tools of literary hermeneutics (stylistic and metric philology, textual philology, narratological aspects, ancient and modern interpretations of the texts in question).
The course aims to provide students with the ability to read and interpret critical-philological and historical-literary texts of Italian literature. At the end of the course the student must be able to
• understand, analyze and translate the text / texts taken into consideration;
• place the examined works within history and literary genres;
• knowing how to apply the acquired knowledge to other texts of the Italian literary tradition of different ages and gender;
• be able to communicate the acquired knowledge with an appropriate vocabulary.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Italian literary tradition; capacity for orientation and historical contextualization.


Petrarca's reception in Europe.
The work of Francesco Petrarca, in Latin and vernacular, in past centuries has been the subject of great attention by a vast and heterogeneous public of readers. The course aims to follow some aspects of these alternate European fortunes: after an introduction to the European reception of Petrarca's works, we will pay particular attention to the success of the Petrarchian work in some German-speaking areas and in the Veneto region.

Attending students can prepare the program on the notes taken in class and on the texts that will be published on the moodle platform.

Non-attending program:
Students who cannot attend, will prepare the exam on the following texts:

Forner, Fabio, Il ruolo degli studenti tedeschi nella diffusione delle opere petrarchesche oltre le Alpi: alcune considerazioni, in Suse Andresen, Rainer Christoph Schwinges (Hrsg.), Über Mobilität von Studenten und Gelehrten zwischen dem Reich und Italien (1400–1600) / Della mobilità degli studiosi e eruditi fra l’Impero e l'Italia (1400-1600),, Zürich, vdf Hochschulverlag, 2011, pp. 33-47. On line:

F. Forner, Petrarca, un classico 'moderno' «Studi petrarcheschi» , vol. 25 , 2012 , pp. 167-202

Forner, F., Università tedesche e umanesimo: considerazioni in margine agli studi di Agostino Sottili in Petrarca nördlich der Alpen, Studien zum Gedenken an Agostino Sottili (1939-2004), Olms, 2018, pp. 51-68.

Forner, F., Petrarca a Verona: alcune considerazioni sui manoscritti petrarcheschi della Biblioteca Capitolare e della Biblioteca Civica, «STUDI MEDIEVALI E UMANISTICI» , vol. 15 , 2017 , pp. 111-138.

Two essays to choose from those published in the following volumes:

Francesco Petrarca in Deutschland: seine Wirkung in Literatur, Kunst und Musik, herausgegeben von Achim Aurnhammer, Tübingen, M. Niemeyer, 2006.; articoli di Alfred Noe; Worstbrock; Meisser, Koch; Dieter Martin;

Petrarca, l'Italia, l'Europa : sulla varia fortuna di Petrarca: atti del convegno di studi, Bari, 20-22 maggio 2015, a cura di Elisa Tinelli; premessa di Davide Canfora, Bari, Edizioni di Pagina, 2016

Reading of: Francesco Petrarca, De vita solitaria, nell’edizione critica consigliata in tedesco (Buch I, kritische Textausgabe und ideengeschichtlicher Kommentar, Autor/Mitarbeiter: Enenkel, Karl A. E. Verlagsort, Verlag, Jahr: Leiden, Brill [u.a.], 1990) oppure in italiano (a cura di Marco Noce ; introduzione di Giorgio Ficara, Milano, A. Mondadori, 1992) the introduction and chapters 1-3.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Elisa Tinelli Petrarca, l'Italia, l'Europa : sulla varia fortuna di Petrarca : atti del convegno di studi, Bari, 20-22 maggio 2015 Edizioni di Pagina 2016 9788874705351

Assessment methods and criteria

N.B. important!!
It will be necessary to have successfully passed the exam on point 1 (prof. Fabio Danelon), before being able to take the exam on point 2 with prof. Fabio Forner. The final grade will be unique for the entire course program.

Assessment of the preparation will take place through an oral examination, aimed above all at verifying direct knowledge and the capacity for critical re-elaboration of the topics covered.
The vote is expressed in 30/30.