History of Italian literary language (m) (2019/2020)

Course code
4S007403
Name of lecturer
Alessandra Zangrandi
Coordinator
Alessandra Zangrandi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
L-FIL-LET/12 - ITALIAN LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Aim of the course is offering a knowledge of the history of literary Italian language, with specific attention to the language of prose, and improving the ability to independently analyze the texts of Italian tradition.

The teaching proposes two specific formative objectives:
1) to transmit a systematic vision of the language of Italian prose, in its diachronic evolution (from its origins to modernity) and its various formal components.
2) to analyze in depth a line or an author significant for the linguistic tradition of Italian prose, showing the implications of his language with the other elements of the stylistic system (narrative structures, argumentative processes, discursive approach).

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to operatively apply the acquired knowledge and, therefore, to independently proceed to the linguistic analysis of a text in Italian literary prose, as preliminary element for its overall interpretation.

Syllabus

SYLLABUS
1) The language of the Italian novel (text a) in the bibliography)
2) Italian short stories of twentieth century: reading and analysis of exemplar texts (Calvino, Le città invisibili; Levi, Il sistema periodico; Parise, Sillabari) (text b) and c) in the bibliography)

BIBLIOGRAPHY
a) Maurizio Dardano, Romanzo, in Storia dell’italiano scritto. II. Prosa letteraria, Roma, Carocci 2014, pp. 359-420.
b) Fabio Romanini, Forme brevi della prosa letteraria, in Storia dell’italiano scritto. II. Prosa letteraria, Roma, Carocci 2014, pp. 203-254.
c) Le forme brevi della narrativa, a cura di Elisabetta Menetti, Roma, Carocci 2019 (capp. 7, 9, 10).

Complete reading of the works:
Italo Calvino, Le città invisibili (any edition)
Primo Levi, Il sistema periodico (any edition)
Goffredo Parise, Sillabari (any edition)

Deepening on one of the three authors (chosen by the student):
Italo Calvino:
Italo Calvino, Lezioni americane (any edition)
Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, Aspetti della lingua di Calvino, in Id., La tradizione del Novecento. Terza serie, Torino, Einaudi 1991, pp. 227-292.

Primo Levi:
Primo Levi, L’altrui mestiere (any edition): Perchè si scrive?, Dello scrivere oscuro, La lingua dei chimici I e II, Scrivere un romanzo, Lo scriba.
Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, Lingua e scrittura in Primo Levi, in Id., La tradizione del Novecento. Terza serie, Torino, Einaudi 1991, pp. 313-386 (ora anche in Id., Per Primo Levi, Torino, Einaudi 2019, pp. 28-92).

Goffredo Parise:
Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, Dentro i Sillabari di Parise, in Id., La tradizione del Novecento. Quarta serie, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri 2000, pp. 392-409.
Giovanna Messina, «Fenomenologia del vedere» nei Sillabari di Goffredo Parise, in «Studi novecenteschi», vol. XXXIV, fasc. 74, 2007, pp. 459-498.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Fabio Romanini Forme brevi della prosa letteraria, in Storia dell’italiano scritto. II. Prosa letteraria, Roma, Carocci 2014, pp. 203-254 2014
Elisabetta Menetti (a cura di) Le forme brevi della narrativa, Roma, Carocci 2019 (capp. 7, 9, 10) 2019
Maurizio Dardano Romanzo, in Storia dell’italiano scritto. II. Prosa letteraria, pp. 359-420 Carocci 2014

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is an interview and is intended to ascertain the knowledge relating to the topics covered during the course and to the ability to analyze and interpret the texts. The student is supposed to read the works of Calvino, Levi and Parise indicated in the bibliography and to deepen one of the three authors through the essays selected for each one.

According to the situation concerning the Coronavirus emergency, the examination method reported above is changed for the 2020 summer session, in accordance with the university's instructions, in oral exam in telematic mode. For any difficulties in finding the exam bibliography, an alternative bibliography of texts available online has been placed on the moodle platform.