History of Italian literary language (m) (2020/2021)

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

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

The two novels of 1889. Through the reading and linguistic and stylistic analysis of the novels Il piacere and Mastro-don Gesualdo (both published in 1889) the course aims to bring out the characteristics of the narrative of Decadentism and Verism, which in Italy develop in parallel and with very different outcomes.
The two novels by D'Annunzio and Verga will be compared with previous texts by the two authors (respectively, Terra vergine and Tigre reale) to highlight the evolution of their prose.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Complete reading of the texts:
Gabriele d’Annunzio, Il piacere (qualsiasi edizione)
Gabriele d’Annunzio, Terra vergine (qualsiasi edizione)
Giovanni Verga, Mastro-don Gesualdo (recommended edition: Einaudi 1992 and reprints, edited by di Giancarlo Mazzacurati)
Giovanni Verga, Tigre reale

Papers:
Maurizio Dardano, Romanzo, in Storia dell’italiano scritto. II. La prosa letteraria, a cura di Giuseppe Antonelli, Matteo Motolese, Lorenzo Tomasin, Roma, Carocci 2014, pp. 359-420.
Giancarlo Alfano, L’anno 1889, in Il romanzo in Italia. II. L’Ottocento, a cura di Giancarlo Alfano e Francesco de Cristofaro, Roma, Carocci 2018, pp. 307-21.
Gian Luigi Beccaria, Figure ritmico-sintattiche della prosa dannunziana, in Id., L’autonomia del significante. Figure del ritmo e della sintassi in Dante, Pascoli, D’Annunzio, Torino, Einaudi 1989, pp. 285-318.
Angelo Piero Cappello, Gabriele d’Annunzio, la questione della lingua e l’italiano contemporaneo, in D’Annunzio e la lingua italiana d’oggi, 42° Convegno nazionale di studi, 26-28 novembre 2015, «Rassegna Dannunziana», a. XXXIV, n. 69-71 (2018), pp. 54-97.
Francesco Bruni, Sulla lingua del Mastro-don Gesualdo, in Id., Prosa e narrativa dell’Ottocento. Sette studi, Firenze, Franco Cesati 1999, pp. 235-92.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Gian Luigi Beccaria Figure ritmico-sintattiche della prosa dannunziana, in Id., L’autonomia del significante. Figure del ritmo e della sintassi in Dante, Pascoli, D’Annunzio, pp. 285-318 Einaudi 1989
Angelo Maria Cappello Gabriele d’Annunzio, la questione della lingua e l’italiano contemporaneo, in D’Annunzio e la lingua italiana d’oggi, 42° Convegno nazionale di studi, 26-28 novembre 2015, «Rassegna Dannunziana», a. XXXIV, n. 69-71 (2018), pp. 54-97 2018
Giancarlo Alfano L'anno 1889, in Il romanzo in Italia. II. L’Ottocento, a cura di Giancarlo Alfano e Francesco de Cristofaro, pp. 307-21 Carocci 2018
Maurizio Dardano Romanzo, in Storia dell’italiano scritto. II. Prosa letteraria, pp. 359-420 Carocci 2014
Francesco Bruni Sulla lingua del Mastro-don Gesualdo, in Id., Prosa e narrativa dell’Ottocento. Sette studi, pp. 235-92. Franco Cesati 1999

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 the ability to analyze and interpret the texts.