Comparative Literature (p) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Matteo Rima
Matteo Rima
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Second half of Semester 2 dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

In the advanced class of Comparative Literature (36 hours, 6 CFU) students will have the opportunity to develop and examine in depth the subjects previously studied in the introductive class; it will therefore be the chance to reflect extensively on typical periods, themes, and genres of World Literature (especially Western Literature), with a particular focus on the new languages that are recently developing. Basic notions of narratology and stylistics will be introduced for this purpose. In the final part of the class, students will use what they have learned in order to write a short critical essay. At the end of the lessons, students will be able to orient themselves in the vast horizon of World Literature. and they will also be able to write a convincing if short scientific essay; it is an unfortunately not very common opportunity, so this makes the advanced class highly recommended for all the ones who plan to begin working on their final thesis.

In order to attend the advanced class of Comparative Literature, students MUST have first attended the introductive class.



In the first part of the 36 hours, students will acquire some basic notions of narratology (see Grosser) and will learn which are the best ways to write a good essay (Tani lecture notes). Since this is a seminar class, students are invited to take an active part from the beginning, asking whatever they see fit during the lessons and establishing a constant and fruitful discussione with the teacher and between themselves. In order to make learning easies, a few parts of the lessons will consist in exercitations on short narrative texts assigned by the teacher.

In the second part of the class, student will put into practice what they have learned: they will write an essay in which they analyze some short stories (selected bt the teacher). Then, the essays will be presented and discussed in class.

Non-attending students are requested to contact the teacher in due advance so as to define a specific programme. Presumably, they will have to study a supplementary text and to write a short essay based upon a mystery story that they will choose with the help of the teacher.


Please note that the title list is not definitive and it could be changed.

Hermann Grosser, Narrativa (1985);

At the beginning of the class, the students will receive a booklet containing the short stories that must be analyzed. Every student will have his/her own story to work on.

The stylistics lessons will be based upon professor Stefano Tani's lecture notes.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Hermann Grosser Narrativa. Manuale/antologia Principato 1985 88-416-1325-4

Assessment methods and criteria

For the final evaluation, the following will be taken into consideration: the writing of the essay and the quality of the presentation, an active and intelligent involvement in both the lessons held by the teacher and the presentations of the other students to the class.

The final grade (30/30) will be composed by the following elements:

1) up to 20 points for the writing and the presentation of the essay;
2) up to 5 points for an active and intelligent involvement in the lessons;
3) up to 5 points for an active and intelligent involvement in the presentation of the other students.

The addition of the three partial scores will bring to the final score.