Genres and history of Italian Literature (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Massimo Natale
Massimo Natale
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CuCi IA dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

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.


The Western poetic genre constitutes itself as a historically determined discourse, but also proceeds through a series of constants or topoi that repeat or even found it. The course aims to provide an introduction to the reading of the poetic text, dwelling above all on certain themes or returning emblems, especially between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in particular a symbolic place as the house.

G. Mazzoni, "Sulla poesia moderna", Il Mulino, 2005

three among the following articles:

- L. Blasucci, Lettura e collocazione di Nuove stanze, in Id., Gli oggetti di Montale, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2002, pp. 153-183
- P. Benzoni, Su Premesse all’abitazione di Andrea Zanzotto, in Le forme dell’analisi testuale, a cura di P. Benzoni e D. Vanden Berghe, Cesati, Firenze, 2018, pp. 81-98
- M. Borio, La lirica tragica esistenziale – Milo De Angelis, «T.S.», in Id., Poetiche e individui. La poesia italiana dal 1970 al 2000, Marsilio, Venezia, 2018, pp. 97-127
- M. Borio, Il contemporaneo referenziale – Maurizio Cucchi, «Ricerca; relazione», in Id., Poetiche e individui, cit., pp. 141-155
- A. Afribo, Perdere tutte le bravure, in U. Fiori, Tutte le poesie, Mondadori, Milano, 2015, pp. V-XVII
- A. Afribo, Valerio Magrelli, in Id., Poesia contemporanea dal 1980 a oggi, Carocci, Roma, 2007, pp. 31-51

Recommended (but not mandatory) readings:

- G. Bachelard, La poetica dello spazio [1957], Dedalo, Bari, 2006
- A. Tarpino, Geografie della memoria. Case, rovine, oggetti quotidiani, Einaudi, Torino, 2008
- M. Eliade, I riti del costruire [1990], Jaca Book, Milano, 2017

An anthology of poems and further critical bibliography will be made available during the course.


-Lectures (36 hours)

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;
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
Guido Mazzoni Sulla poesia moderna Il Mulino 2005 9788815105875

Assessment methods and criteria

Attending and not attending students will sustain an oral 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.


oral exam

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.