Genres and history of Italian Literature (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Massimo Natale
Massimo Natale
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Sem 1A dal Sep 23, 2019 al Oct 31, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to deepen the study of Italian literature with particular attention to a specific literary genre, which will be studied in the historical development of its forms by directly analyzing the work of the authors particularly representative of that specific genre.
After the course, Students will show the capability:
- to master basic elements of philology, stylistic, metric, rhetoric, history of critic and history of Italian literature from the origins to the 20th century;
- to get acquainted with the notion of literary genre, in particular within the context of the italian literature;
- to know life and works of the authors considered during the course
- to know in detail the critical bibliography, and to acquire the capability to explain it with due critical maturity
- to know the fundamental critical items related to the literary genre, the works and the authors indicated in the syllabus.



After having clarified and put in his historical context the notion of “literary genre”, the course will focus on Giacomo Leopardi’s work and will aim to

-propose an overlook of the genres’ theory developed in Leopardi’s Zibaldone di pensieri

-focus in particular on Leopardi’s poetry, replacing the Canti in the Italian tradition

-rethink the relations between different genres in Leopardi’s writing (poetry, narrative or philosophical prose, aphorism, etc.)


G. Leopardi, Canti, a cura di L. Felici, Newton Compton (qualsiasi ed.)
Leopardi, a cura di F. D’Intino e M. Natale, Carocci, 2018
An anthology of Leopardi’s texts and further critical bibliography will be made available during the course.

Further (not mandatory) texts:
P. Bagni, Genere, La Nuova Italia, 1997


Not attending students will read also P. Bagni, Genere, La Nuova Italia, 1997

-Lectures (36 hours)
-Students are supposed to partecipate actively; there will be the possibility of seminar sessions

The contents of books and lessons correspond to the syllabus.
1) Regarding attending students, teaching methods consist in lectures dedicated to the main themes of the courses. During the lessons students participation will be encouraged;
2) The e-learning platform will be used for communication between teacher and students, and to provide further supporting materials;
3) Regarding not attending students, teaching metods consist in teacher's support of the students progress.
Throughout the year the teacher will be available during his office hours, constantly updated on his website page.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G. Leopardi Canti Newton Compton 2014 9788854168145
P. Bagni Genere La Nuova Italia 1997 88-221-2838-9
F. D'Intino - M. Natale (a cura di) Leopardi Carocci 2018 9788843092673

Assessment methods and criteria

Attending and not attending students will sustain a written exam.

The aim of the examination is to evaluate student's knowledge, with special reference to

-the capability to comment on texts analyzed during the lectures;

-the general knowledge of the critical bibliography;

-the capability to argue, to compare texts, to rework and interpret the themes of the course.


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: [online oral exam, online written exam, etc.]The final scores are out of 30. The mark is based on knowledge, quality of argumentation and language accuracy.

Erasmus students are asked to contact the teacher about the syllabus and the methods of the examination.