Italian Literature BC (i+p) (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Fabio Forner
Fabio Forner
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem 1A, Sem 1B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

" The course aims to provide students with an exhaustive picture of the Italian literary tradition (texts, contexts, methods, themes, problems, forms and contents) from the origins to the Unification of Italy (introductory part) and to deepen students' knowledge of the Italian literature, with particular reference to a precise phase of its historical development, through the direct analysis of the work of a particularly representative author of that specific period and culture (advanced part). "


• PARTE INTRODUTTIVA: the main phases and authors of the italian literary tradition from the Origini to the Unità, with analysis of exemplary texts
• PARTE PROGREDITA: Alessandro Manzoni, the Osservazioni sulla morale cattolica and i Promessi sposi (for attending syudents); The tradition of Francesco Petrarca's work (for non attending students).


1. G. TELLINI, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, Firenze, Le Monnier Università, 2011, pp. 3-336 (le prime due sezioni: Dalle Origini al Rinascimento e Dalla nuova scienza all’epica risorgimentale)

Anthology of texts by the major authors of our literary tradition. The anthology will be placed on the University e-learning platform. The texts to be analyzed will be indicated by the teacher during the course.
Non-attending students must present a written and detailed list of the selected pieces, under penalty of exclusion from the exam.

-DANTE ALIGHIERI, Divina Commedia: cinque canti della Divina Commedia tra quelli in antologia
-FRANCESCO PETRARCA, Canzoniere: cinque componimenti, di cui almeno una canzone
-GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO, Decameron: cinque novelle
-NICOLÒ MACHIAVELLI: due capitoli del Principe e una scena della Mandragola
-LUDOVICO ARIOSTO, Orlando furioso: uno dei canti in antologia
-TORQUATO TASSO, Gerusalemme liberata: uno dei canti in antologia
-CARLO GOLDONI: un atto a scelta di una commedia
-GIUSEPPE PARINI: un’ode o un passo del Giorno
-VITTORIO ALFIERI: un atto della Mirra o un passo antologico della Vita
-UGO FOSCOLO: due sonetti o una sezione dei Sepolcri
-GIACOMO LEOPARDI: tre canti e una delle Operette morali
-ALESSANDRO MANZONI: un componimento poetico o un passo del romanzo.

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

The assessment of the preparation will take place by oral examination, intended to verify above all the direct knowledge and the ability to analyze the texts. It is scheduled an in itinere test for attending students that will focus on the first part of the course. With regard to this first part, the student will be required to know the main lines of Italian literary history from its origins to the nineteenth century. The student will have to study with particular attention the authors and texts presented in the anthology. The first part of the exam (substituted by the in itinere test for attending students) is oral; the first question will concern the biography of an author, the second will ask to illustrate the texts chosen by the student.

The program of the first part of the exam is the same for both attending students and non-attending students.

The second part of the exam is oral and will check the learning level of the second part of the course. The student taking the attending program will need to know the biography of Francesco Petrarca the aspects of the Petrarchian tradition presented in class; the student must also be able to introduce, paraphrase and comment the texts presented in class.

Non-attending students will prepare the second part on the following texts :

Students may decide to support the two parts of the exam in the same appeal, or in two separate appeals.

The vote is expressed in 30/30.