Italian literature (p) (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Fabio Danelon
Fabio Danelon
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1

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.


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: Ugo Foscolo novelist, poet and prose writer (Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis, Odi e sonetti, Dei Sepolcri, Dell’origine e dell’ufficio della letteratura)

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:
Ugo Foscolo's writings (Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis, Odi e sonetti, Dei Sepolcri, Dell’origine e dell’ufficio della letteratura) must be read in unabriged and commented edition. For example: Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis, a cura di Pierantonio Frare (Milano, Fetrinelli), or a cura di Guido Bèzzola (Rizzoli-BUR), or a cura di Giovanna Ioli (Torino, Einaudi), or a cura di Walter Binni-Lucio Felici (Milano Garzanti);
Poesie (Odi, sonetti, Dei Sepolcri), a cura di Guido Bèzzola or a cura di Matteo Palumbo (Rizzoli-BUR)
Dell’origine e dell’ufficio della letteratura, a cura di Enzo Neppi, Firenze, Olschki

One of the following texts (two for non attending students):
Matteo Palumbo, Foscolo, Bologna, il Mulino
Maria Antonietta Terzoli, Foscolo, Bari, Laterza
Giuseppe Nicoletti, Foscolo, Roma, Salerno editrice
Cecilia Gibellini, Ugo Foscolo, Firenze, Le Monnier
«A egregie cose». Studi sui “Sepolcri” di Ugo Foscolo, a cura di Fabio Danelon, Venezia, Marsilio
Teaching methods: Lectures and reading and text interpretation exercises. Seminars and papers.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Ugo Foscolo Dell'origine e dell'ufficio della letteratura Olschki 2005
Gino Tellini Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio Le Monnier Università 2011
Ugo Foscolo Poesie Rizzoli 2010
Ugo Foscolo Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis Rizzoli 2004

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral test on every single point of the syllabus for attending and non attending students.