Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature (i) SC (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Giuseppe Sandrini
Giuseppe Sandrini
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Sem 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

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. Two writers and their editors: Beppe Fenoglio and Goffredo Parise.

– 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
– B. Fenoglio, La paga del sabato (ed. Einaudi)
– B. Fenoglio, Una questione privata (ed. Einaudi)
– B. Fenoglio, Lettere (ed. Einaudi)
– G. Parise, Il ragazzo morto e le comete (ed. Adelphi)
– G. Parise, Il padrone (ed. Adelphi)
– N. Pozza, Saranno idee d'arte e di poesia (ed. Neri Pozza), only the correspondence with G. Parise
– 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
G. Parise Il padrone Adelphi  
G. Parise Il ragazzo morto e le comete Adelphi  
B. Fenoglio La paga del sabato Einaudi  
B. Fenoglio Lettere Einaudi  
N. Pozza Saranno idee d'arte e di poesia Neri Pozza  
G. Ferroni Storia della letteratura italiana. Il Novecento e il nuovo millennio Mondadori  
B. Fenoglio Una questione privata Einaudi  

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 or student office hours.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer and autumn session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online oral exam.