Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature (i) SC (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Giuseppe Sandrini
Giuseppe Sandrini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 2A dal Feb 18, 2019 al Mar 30, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course aims to introduce students to the knowledge of modern and contemporary Italian literature, considered in its relationships with Italian national history and society. During lessons we read significant works by Italian authors and we critically analyze the texts, in order to highlight the peculiar characteristics of literary expression within the framework of the communication system.
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to read and comment, from a historical-critical point of view, the works examined and to recognize the main characteristics of the literary text in its expressive and communicative articulations.


1. Italian literature in the second half of the 20th century
2. Italo Calvino between tale and essay

– G. Ferroni, Storia della letteratura italiana. Il Novecento e il nuovo millennio (ed. Mondadori): only the Epoca 11. Ricostruzione e sviluppo nel dopoguerra (1945-1968) and the Epoca 12. Mutazioni e conflitti. Dal Novecento al nuovo Millennio
– I. Calvino, Gli amori difficili (ed. Mondadori)
– I. Calvino, La giornata d'uno scrutatore (ed. Mondadori)
– I. Calvino, Tutte le cosmicomiche (ed. Mondadori)
– I. Calvino, Una pietra sopra (ed. Mondadori)
– M. Barenghi, Calvino (ed. Il Mulino)
– additional readings will be pointed out during lessons

Scheduled lessons: lectures (36 hours)
A detailed syllabus will be provided in e-learning.
Students are required to use correctly the Italian language.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
M. Barenghi Calvino Il Mulino 2009
I. Calvino Gli amori difficili Mondadori 2016
I. Calvino La giornata d'uno scrutatore Mondadori 2016
G. Ferroni Storia della letteratura italiana. Il Novecento e il nuovo millennio Mondadori  
I. Calvino Tutte le cosmicomiche Mondadori 2017
I. Calvino Una pietra sopra Mondadori 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination about all the parts of the course. The examination aims at evaluating the student's knowledge and skills, with special reference to the texts read during lessons.
Erasmus students will be informed about the oral examination during lessons.