Comparative Literature (i) (2020/2021)

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Matteo Rima
Matteo Rima
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CuCi IIA dal Feb 15, 2021 al Apr 1, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

Teaching comparative literature aims at transmitting to the students crucial conceptual intruments and modes of thoughts concerning some important literary themes current in the Western World. By the end of the course the student will master notions and critical methodologies used by the professor in class.


In the class of Comparative Literature (36 hours, 6 CFU) students will have the opportunity to reflect extensively on typical periods, themes, and genres of World Literature (especially Western Literature), with a particular focus on the new languages that are recently developing. Basic notions of narratology and stylistics will be introduced for this purpose. At the end of the lessons, students will be able to orient themselves in the vast horizon of Western Literature.

In the Comparative literature class of the 2020/21 Academic Year both the themes of the scar and the tattoo will be analyzed. The students will read novels and essays about the subjects, which will be examined from a diachronic perspective. They will also study the meaning of scars and tattoos in Western culture and analyze the ways in which they became the real protagonists of fascinating novels, short stories, and films.


Some chapters from Bruno Davide Bordoni e Emiliano Zanier, Cicatrici. Un sistema da trattare, 2015.
Some chapters from Francesco Remotti, Prima lezione di antropologia, 2000.
Some chapters from Vince Hemingson, Alfabeti e scritte. Guida completa ai tatuaggi, 2010.
Francesco Paolo Campione, Discorsi sulla superficie. Estetica, arte, linguaggio della pelle, 2015.


Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, 1911.
Ernest Hemingway, Il vecchio e il mare, 1952.
James G. Ballard, Crash, 1973.

Ray Bradbury, L'uomo illustrato, 1951.
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Tatuaggio, 1974.
Stéphanie Hochet, Sangue nero, 2015.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Francesco Paolo Campione Dizionario dei simboli. Estetica, arte, linguaggio della pelle Mucchi 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam, in order to verify the competence of the students and their ability to make connections and to orient themselves in the vast horizon of Western literature. Their intelligent and active involvement in the class will be also evaluated.