History of the Italian Language (p) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Alessandra Zangrandi
Alessandra Zangrandi
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Sem. 1B dal Nov 19, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The teaching of History of the Italian language (p) aims to improve the knowledge related to literary Italian through the reading and analysis of poetic texts appropriately chosen by the authors who, through their works, have contributed to the formation and evolution of the Italian language.
The aim of the course is also to start the student to recognize the main linguistic, stylistic and metric institutes and the relative traits of continuity and discontinuity in the Italian literary language from its origins to the contemporary.
At the end of the course the student is supposed to demonstrate abilities in interpretation of a literary text autonomously by means of the study and analysis methodologies considered more appropriate from time to time.


Literary Italian’s study and analysis methodologies’ acquisition will be improved by reading remarkable literary texts of XVI-XXIth centuries. Notable poets an topicsin XVI-XXIth centuries: Giovanni Della Casa and XVIth century Petrarchism; Classicism and Romanticism (Foscolo, Manzoni, Leopardi); towards the XXth century (Pascoli, d’Annunzio); Montale; the XXth century’s second poetic generation (Sereni, Fortini, Caproni); XXIth century’s poets (De Angelis, Magrelli).
Erasmus students are supposed to contact the teacher in order to fix syllabus and examination.

Recommended bibliography:
Roberta Cella, Storia dell’italiano, Bologna, il Mulino 2015.
Sergio Bozzola, La lirica. Dalle origini a Leopardi, Bologna, il Mulino 2012.
Andrea Afribo – Arnaldo Soldani, La poesia moderna. Dal secondo ottocento a oggi, Bologna, il Mulino 2012.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Sergio Bozzola La lirica. Dalle origini a Leopardi il Mulino 2012
Andrea Afribo - Arnaldo Soldani La poesia moderna. Dal secondo Ottocento a oggi il Mulino 2012
Roberta Cella Storia dell'italiano il Mulino 2015 9788815257338

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination: reading, analysis adn interpretation of literary texts studied during the course.
In order to pass the examination students are supposed to demonstrate their knowledge concerning history of Italian language (XVI-XXIth centuries) and their abilities on interpreting literary texts.
Erasmus students are supposed to contact the teacher in order to fix syllabus and examination.