History of literary genres

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is the methodological and critical study of one or more genres, in their diachronic development or in relation to other genres, through an in-depth analysis of works and texts.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will have to know, from a critical and methodological point of view and deepening the notions acquired in the first cycle, the main issues concerning the system of literary genres, their constitution and development, their historical-cultural context and their relationship with the Italian literary and linguistic history. The student will also have to show an adequate knowledge of the bibliography and of the critical methodologies to analyze and understand the texts, as well as the history of criticism related to the period. Furthermore, the student will have to show his ability to communicate clearly and correctly with appropriate use of scientific terminology, as well as to understand and accurately analyse literary texts through comparisons and critical judgments. Eventually, the student will have to prove his ability to conduct a research using the acquisitions acquired in the course and preparing a critical bibliography.
Non-attending students, in addition to the materials expressly indicated in this program or possibly uploaded on Ariel, will have to ask the teacher for advice either by e-mail or during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Course title (60 ore, 9 cfu): Dante's Genres and Styles

Teaching unit A (20 ore, 3 cfu): The prosimetrum. La Vita nova (Anna Maria Cabrini)
Teaching unit B (20 ore, 3 cfu): Dante's lyric poetry: the "rime petrose" (Anna Maria Cabrini)
Teaching unit (20 ore, 3 cfu): The Mediaeval "poesia giocosa" (Guglielmo Barucci)

The course is addressed to graduate (MA) students in Modern Humanities (9 cfu: units A, B, and C; 6 cfu units A and B) and, as an optional exam, to students in other master degree programmes.

Teaching units A and B will deal with the following topics: a critical introduction to the prosimetrum and to the lyric poetry in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; an in-depth analysis of themes, structure, style, intertextuality in Dante's prosimetrum Vita nova; a critical analysis of "rime petrose", with particular reference to trobar clus, metaphorical system, rhetorics and metrics, style and formal structure; the "rime petrose" and the harsh rhymes in Dante's Inferno. Teaching unit C will instead be dedicated to Mediaeval "poesia giocosa" between thirteenth and early fourteenth century. Particular attention will be paid to Dante, especially to the "tenzone" with Forese Donati; the genre will be studied in its models, solutions, language and relationship with high culture.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites for admission. Nevertheless, a solid methodological and historical grounding in linguistic, philological and literary studies is the ideal prerequisite (the objective of the course is in any case also to make up for the lack of training in this particular field).
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format; attendance is not mandatory, though strongly recommended. Competences and abilities will be acquired through interaction with the teacher in the classroom and through the critical and methodological study of the texts. Attending students will also be asked to present in-depth analysis on specific topics in class or, alternatively, to produce a short essay. Participation in workshops and conferences proposed by the Department of Literary Studies, Philology and Linguistics will also be of great importance.
It should be noted that it is possible to download all the support materials for the course from the Ariel platform (http://ariel.unimi.it).
Non-attending students, in addition to the materials expressly indicated in this program or possibly uploaded on Ariel, will have to contact the teacher for advice either by e-mail or during office hours.
Teaching Resources
Teaching Unit A
Texts
Dante Alighieri, Vita nova, ed. S. Carrai, Milano, Rizzoli BUR (Classici) and Dante Alighieri, Vita nova, ed. G. Gorni, Torino, Einaudi, 1996.

A comparison with other critical and commented editions will be carried out throughout the course.

Critical bibliography:
- S. Carrai, Dante elegiaco. Una chiave di lettura per la Vita nova, Firenze, Olschki, 2006
- M. Picone, L'approdo della "Vita nova" (XI. La "Vita nova" come macrotesto; XII. La "Vita nova" come prosimetrum; XIII. La "Vita nova" come romanzo) in Percorsi della lirica duecentesca, Firenze, Cadmo, 2006, pp. 219-265.
-The chapters on Vita nova in Atti degli incontri sulle opere di Dante. 1. Vita nova · Fiore · Epistola XIII, a cura di M. Gragnolati, L. C. Rossi, P. Allegretti, N.Tonelli, A. Casadei, Sismel-Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2018.
Further bibliography will be indicated during the lessons.

Teaching Unit B
Texts
The texts of "rime petrose" are available in Dante Alighieri, Rime, ed. G. Contini, Torino, Einaudi.
The new critical and commented edition by D. De Robertis (Dante's Rime, Firenze, Sismel- Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2005, available in our Library) will be analysed in class.
Regarding the "rime aspre e chiocce" in Dante's Inferno (cc. XXXII-XXXIV), students will choose one of the following editions: ed. N. Sapegno, Firenze, La nuova Italia; ed. A. Chiavacci Leonardi, Milano, Mondadori; ed. S. Bellomo, Torino, Einaudi

Critical bibliography:
- A. Battistini, "Io son venuto al punto de la rota", in Letture classensi, ed. E. Pasquini, 26, 1997, pp. 93-110.
- G. Tanturli, "Così nel mio parlar", in Le quindici canzoni lette da diversi, 1., 1-7 Lecce, Pensa multimedia, 2009, pp.1-28.
- L. Formisano, "Al poco giorno", in Le quindici canzoni lette da diversi, cit, pp.213-239.
Further bibliography will be indicated during the course.

Teaching Unit C
Text:
Poesia comica del Medioevo italiano, edited by M. Berisso, Milano, Mondadori, 2018

A full list of the text to be analyzed for the exam will be made available on the Ariel platform. Further materials to be studied for the exam will be uploaded on Ariel.
In addition to introduction and notes to the edition, students will study:

- C. Giunta, Versi a un destinatario. Saggio sulla poesia italiana del Medioevo, Bologna, il Mulino, 2002, pp. 267-321.
- F. Suitner, "Origine e carattere del «vituperium» in volgare", in La poesia satirica e giocosa nell'età dei comuni, Antenore, Padova 1983, pp. 30-74
- M. Zaccarello, L'uovo o la gallina? Purg. XXIII e la tenzone di Dante e Forese Donati, in «L'Alighieri», 22, 2003, pp. 1-22

Non-attending students Program and bibliography

Teaching Unit A
Texts:
Dante Alighieri, Vita nova, ed. S. Carrai, Milano, Rizzoli BUR (Classici) and Dante Alighieri, Vita nova, ed. G. Gorni, Torino, Einaudi, 1996.

Critical bibliography:
- S. Carrai, Dante elegiaco. Una chiave di lettura per la Vita nova, Firenze, Olschki, 2006
- M. Picone, L'approdo della "Vita nova" (XI La "Vita nova" come macrotesto; XII La "Vita nova" come prosimetrum; XIII La "Vita nova" come romanzo) in Percorsi della lirica duecentesca, Firenze, Cadmo, 2006, pp. 219-265.
-C. Bologna, Il ritorno di Beatrice. Simmetrie dantesche fra Vita nova, "petrose" e Commedia, Roma, Salerno ed., 1998, pp. 1-87.
-Nota introduttiva and Nota al testo of Vita nuova, ed. D. Pirovano in Dante Alighieri, Vol. 1: Vita nuova; Rime, ed. D. Pirovano, M. Grimaldi, Roma, Salerno editrice, 2015 (available in our Library), pp. 3-35 e 37-56.

Teaching Unit B
Texts:
"Così nel mio parlar"; "Io son venuto al punto de la rota"; "Al poco giorno"; "Amor tu vedi ben" in Dante Alighieri, Rime, ed. G. Contini, Torino, Einaudi and in Dante Alighieri, Rime, ed. D. De Robertis, Firenze, Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2005 (available in our Library).
Regarding "rime aspre e chiocce" in Dante's Inferno (cc. XXXII-XXXIV): selected verses will be indicated in Ariel), students will choose one of these editions: ed. N. Sapegno, Firenze, La nuova Italia; ed. A. Chiavacci Leonardi, Milano, Mondadori; ed. S. Bellomo, Torino, Einaudi.

Critical bibliography:
- A. Battistini, "Io son venuto al punto de la rota", in Letture classensi, ed. E. Pasquini, 26, 1997, pp. 93-110.
- G. Tanturli, "Così nel mio parlar", in Le quindici canzoni lette da diversi, 1., 1-7 Lecce, Pensa multimedia, 2009, pp.1-28.
- L. Formisano, "Al poco giorno", in Le quindici canzoni lette da diversi, cit, pp.213-239.
- C. Bologna, Il ritorno di Beatrice. Simmetrie dantesche fra Vita nova, "petrose" e Commedia, Roma, Salerno ed., 1998, pp. 88-119.

Teaching Unit C
Poesia comica del Medioevo italiano, edited by M. Berisso, Milano, Mondadori, 2018

A full list of the text to be analyzed for the exam will be made available on Ariel. Further materials to be studied for the exam will also be posted on Ariel.

In addition to introduction and notes to the edition, students will study:

- C. Giunta, Versi a un destinatario. Saggio sulla poesia italiana del Medioevo, Bologna, il Mulino, 2002, pp. 267-321.
- P. Orvieto - L. Brestolini, La poesia comico-realistica, Carocci, Roma 2000, pp. 13-154
- F. Suitner, La poesia satirica e giocosa nell'età dei comuni, Antenore, Padova 1983 (per i capitoli "Origine e carattere del «vituperium» in volgare", pp. 30-74 e "I temi vitalistici", pp. 86-120).
- M. Zaccarello, L'uovo o la gallina? Purg. XXIII e la tenzone di Dante e Forese Donati, in «L'Alighieri», 22, 2003, pp. 1-22
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam consists of an in-depth interview on fundamental topics of the work dealt and on the critical bibliography. Students will be required to demonstrate a full ability in interpretation and comment of the texts in Program.
Furthermore, the students will have to show their ability to communicate clearly and correctly with appropriate use of scientific terminology, as well as to accurately analyse literary texts through comparisons and critical judgments. Eventually, the students will have to prove their ability to conduct a research using the methods acquired in the course and preparing a critical bibliography. These abilities will be acquired through the interaction with the teacher in the classroom and the critical and methodological work on the texts, and through individual in-depth studies (term papers, reports).

Assessments are marked out of thirty.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Cabrini Anna Maria
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Cabrini Anna Maria
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Barucci Guglielmo
Professor(s)
Reception:
Since September 2021, office hours will be in praesentia, on monday 14.30-17.30, by appointment only. Nevertheless, due to multiple administrative tasks, appointments could be given in other days.
Department of Literary Studies, Philology and Linguistics; sector Modern Philology, 1st floor, via Francesco Sforza