Textual analysis, contemporary literature and newspaper writing (m) - LETTERATURA, EDITORIA E GIORNALISMO (M) (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Rossella Bonfatti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem 2A, Sem 2B

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce the student to the study of modern and contemporary Italian literature, with particular attention to the experience of writers who, during the twentieth century, have engaged in the journalistic or editorial field. Through the study of an exemplary case, the student, at the end of the course, will have to demonstrate to know the relationships between literature, publishing and journalism, as well as being able to read and analyze texts and situate them in the history of Italian literature.


The course aims to investigate the relationship between crime news and journalism, taking inspiration from some criminal 'cases' that shook Italian readers from the Thirties to the Nineties: from the first hard-boiled stories about gangsters in the Milan's suburbs of Scerbanenco to the mysterious lake's crimes of Saviane, from the 'monsters' of Buzzati and Consolo, to the unsolved mysteries of the wealthy North-East, to the drama of the mafia victims in Sicily.
Testing with readers' expectations, editorial life and street life, descriptive mechanisms and different linguistic registers, these writers-journalists set up an original narrative approach able to summarize entertainment, humor, psychological dimension, reflection on the power of information.
The crime-stories (whether private or public) light up the social malaise, the urban transformations, the common sense of anxiety and justice, but also the complex relationship between reportage and narrative fiction, between judicial truth, subjective truth and real facts, between crime, history and politics, between denunciation, militan autorship and entertainment, between science, investigative intuition and literary imagination.
Because the crime is a finest world without lights and without consolation that the writers-witnesses-reporters-detectives as real "typewriters", revive in the newspapers, creating hybrid imaginary, curiosity, censorship, imitation.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Vincenzo Consolo Cosa loro. Mafie tra cronaca e riflessione Bompiani 2017
Vincenzo Consolo Esercizi di cronaca Sellerio 2013 88-389-2907-6
Sergio Saviane I misteri di Alleghe Mondadori 1964
Dino Buzzati La "nera" di Buzzati (Crimini e misteri / Incubi) Mondadori 2002 978-88-04-51019-2

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral test so organized: three open questions on the aspects discussed during the course.
At least one of the questions includes analysis and commentary on texts.

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 with paper.