Analysis of dramatic texts and theatrical performances (2019/2020)

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Nicola Pasqualicchio
Nicola Pasqualicchio
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Sem 2B dal Apr 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the students with the appropriate critical tools for the analysis of the dramatic text, through both the comparison with other literary genres and the focus on its specific nature of writing intended to staging. The analysis will focus every year on a different theme or dramatic form, concerning mainly (but not exclusively) European plays of the XIX and XX centuries.


The course aims at analyzing the French nouveau théâtre as an important and revolutionary phase of European theatre of XXth century, including playwrights such as Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Arthur Adamov, Michel de Ghelderode, Jean Genet, Jean Tardieu. The analysis of the main features of this kind of playwriting (anti-realism, anti-psychologism, absurdism, and the removal of any barrier between tragedy and comedy) will focus in particular on the works of Beckett, Ionesco, and Tardieu,
Nicola Pasqualicchio, Il sarto gnostico, Ombre Corte 2006 (pp. 9-90);
Nicola Pasqualicchio, Le tour du théâtre. Jean Tardieu drammaturgo, Fiorini 2019;
Emmanuel Jacquart, Introduzione, in Eugène Ionesco, Teatro completo, vol. I, Einaudi-Gallimard 1993
Martin Esslin, Il teatro dell’assurdo, Abete 1990 ( pp. 15-236): this text only for non-attending students
Samuel Beckett, Aspettando Godot, Collezione di Teatro Einaudi e Finale di partita, Collezione di Teatro Einaudi;
Eugène Ionesco: La cantatrice calva, Collezione di Teatro Einaudi e Le sedie, Collezione di Teatro Einaudi (quest’ultimo testo sta in un unico volume con La lezione, la cui lettura è facoltativa);
Jean Tardieu, Diffidate dalle parole. Sei pièces, Lemma Press 2015.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
samuel beckett aspettando godot einaudi  
J. Tardieu Diffidate dalle parole Lemma Press 2015
samuel beckett finale di partita einaudi  
nicola pasqualicchio il sarto gnostico (Edizione 1) ombre corte 2006 8887009937
martin esslin il teatro dell'assurdo abete 1990
eugène ionesco la cantatrice calva einaudi  
eugène ionesco la lezione, le sedie einaudi  
nicola pasqualicchio Le tour du théatre. Jean Tardieu drammaturgo (Edizione 1) fiorini 2019 978-88-96419-93-9
eugène ionesco teatro completo vol. I einaudi-gallimard  

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.
The exam will verify the students' knowledge of the main features of the nouveau théatre, both in a general theoretical perspective and through the analysis of the plays listed in the bibliography.