Italian modern and contemporary literature

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/11
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide an advanced overview of the modern literary system in Italy, in its historical development from Unity to the present day, according to different perspectives. One perspective is critical and methodological: it explores the functional relationships between the main actors of literary communication (authors, readers, publishers, critics). The other perspectives focus analytically on specific literary periods and examine the author's choices of genre and style.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: 1) Essential account of the raise and development of the modern bourgeois literary system: cultural trends, movements and conceptions of literature; genres and styles; analytical knowledge of significant works of Italian literary tradition from Unity to the present day. 2) Main issues related to the modern dynamics of literary experience: modes and forms of literary reading; the narrative pact; functions of publishing mediation.
Skills: 1) Ability to examine the reading list recognizing the authorship and audience features: reading pacts, role of paratexts, discursive regime, space-time narrative coordinates. 2) Ability to delineate the genre system and its main transformations; ability to place the individual works correctly; ability to describe and interpret the paratextual sections. 3) Ability to analyse the works comparing different critical interpretations, and to build up a streamlined bibliography.
Course syllabus and organization

A-H

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Portraits of Nineteenth and Twentieth century artists
The course will deal with artists' portraits in narrative and poetry, in the context of Modern Italy literary system.
Students who plan to take this exam for 6 cfu are required to study units B and C.
Unit A: The modern literary system
Unit A is intended to highlight dynamics and phases of the modern literary system, focusing on authors, intellectuals, horizon of expectation-related changes and the functional relationships between the main actors of literary communication (authors, readers, publishers, critics).
Unit B: Art and life adventures in Milan after the Italian unification
In-depth analysis of the following short stories: C. Boito, Un corpo; Luigi Gualdo, Una scommessa; E. Praga; Tre storie in una, I. U. Tarchetti, Bouvard.
In-depth analysis of the novel Eva by G. Verga
Unit C: "Who am I"? Early Twentieth century poetical masks (prof. M. Novelli)
Lyric poetry in the early Twentieth century literary system; genres of poetry.
In-depth analysis of poetries by Gozzano, Corazzini, Marinetti, Palazzeschi, Jahier, Rebora, Campana, Ungaretti.
Prerequisites for admission
Students must have passed an Italian contemporary literature exam.
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format with use of telematic tools, slides, audio-visual contents.
Dialogic teaching moments; explanation of the learning assessment methods and evaluation criteria.
Attendance is not compulsory, but strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
Teaching Unit A
V. Spinazzola, I diritti del lettore, pp. 13-82, La funzione dell'editore, pp. 93-139, in La modernità letteraria, Milano, il Saggiatore Faam; G. Rosa, Il patto narrativo. La fondazione della civiltà romanzesca in Italia, Milano, il Saggiatore FAAM, cap. I, Il patto narrativo (pp. 9-58).

Additional bibliography for non-attending students:
G. Rosa, Il patto scorbutico degli scapigliati, in Il patto narrativo. La fondazione della civiltà romanzesca in Italia, Milano, il Saggiatore FAAM, cap. IX, pp. 270 - 293.

Teaching Unit B
Racconti d'artista della Scapigliatura, a cura di G. Cenati, Milano Unicopli 2019; G. Verga, Eva, Milano Feltrinelli (in corso di stampa - forthcoming);
Critical essays:
G. Cenati, I malanni dell'arte nella nuova Italia, Introduzione/Introduction to ai Racconti d'artista della Scapigliatura, op. cit; S. Micali, Le illusioni perdute della Nuova Italia, in Ascesa e declino dell'"uomo di lusso", Le Monnier, Firenze 2008, pp. 63-97; G. Rosa Ritratti di giovani artisti, in La narrativa degli Scapigliati (Bari Laterza 1997), cap. VI (available at www.liberliber.it)

Additional bibliography for non-attending students:
G. Debenedetti, Verga e il naturalismo, Milano, Garzanti 1993, pp. 175-229, G. Rosa, Postazione a G. Verga, Eva, Milano Feltrinelli.

Teaching Unit C
C. Segre - C. Ossola (a cura di), Antologia della poesia italiana. Novecento, volume 1, Torino, Einaudi (i testi di Gozzano, Corazzini, Marinetti, Palazzeschi, Jahier, Rebora, Campana, Ungaretti)
Critical Essays: the introductions in Segre-Ossola to the above mentioned poets
A. Berardinelli, Quando nascono i poeti moderni in Italia, in La poesia verso la prosa, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, pp. 88-110

Additional bibliography for non-attending students:
N. Lorenzini, La poesia italiana del Novecento, Bologna, il Mulino, pp. 29-82
Assessment methods and Criteria
The overall evaluation consists of an oral exam on the issues and the texts included in the syllabus.
Students are expected to understand and correctly explain the issues addressed, and to properly analyse the relevant literary texts.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/11 - CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Rosa Giovanna
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/11 - CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Rosa Giovanna
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/11 - CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

I-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Course syllabus
Students who plan to take this exam for 6 cfu are required to study units B and C.

The course syllabus includes the presentation and discussion of the following topics:

Teaching unit A: The modern literary system
Teaching Unit A is meant to highlight dynamics and phases of the modern literary system, focusing on authors, intellectuals, horizon of expectation-related changes and the functional relationships between the main actors of literary communication (authors, readers, publishers, critics).

Teaching unit B: Written neorealisms
- A brief history of the development of realistic Italian novel from the end of the Twenties to the beginning of the Fifties (with in-depth analysis of several novel's beginnings).

Teaching unit C: A Reader's Novel: "If on a Winter's Night a Traveller"
- Close reading of the novel: narrative voice, character analysis, author's image, structural and stylistic devices.
Prerequisites for admission
Students must have passed the exam in Italian contemporary literature.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons with use of telematic tools, slides, audio-visual contents.
Dialogic teaching moments; explanation of the learning assessment methods and evaluation criteria.
Attendance is optional, but strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
Teaching unit A
- V. Spinazzola, I diritti del lettore, pp. 13-82, La funzione dell'editore, pp. 93-139, in La modernità letteraria, Milano, il Saggiatore Faam
- G. Mazzoni, La nascita del romanzo moderno, in Teoria del romanzo, il Mulino, Bologna 2011, pp. 195-246, oppure M. Bachtin, Epos e romanzo, in Estetica e romanzo, a c. di C. Strada Janovic, Torino, Einaudi, pp. 445-482

Teaching unit B
- V. Spinazzola, Il realismo dei lettori, in La democrazia letteraria. Saggi sul rapporto fra scrittore e lettori, Milano, Edizioni di Comunità, pp. 111-137
- G. Mazzoni, La transizione al modernismo, in Teoria del romanzo, il Mulino, Bologna 2011, pp. 291-354; alternatively: E. Auerbach, Il calzerotto marrone, in Mimesis. Il realismo nella letteratura occidentale, Einaudi, pp. 305-338, e G. Debenedetti, Personaggi e destino, in G. Debenedetti, Saggi, Milano, Mondadori, 1999, pp. 900-921
- One of the following texts (and related critical essay):
A. Moravia, Gli indifferenti, Milano, Bompiani, Tascabili (M. Mascia Galateria, Come leggere gli "Indifferenti" di Alberto Moravia, Milano, Mursia, 1975)
C. Alvaro, Gente in Aspromonte (G. Rando, Alvaro fra mito e "modernità". L'elaborazione di "Gente in Aspromonte", in La bussola del realismo. Verga, Alvaro, Moravia, Roma, Bulzoni, 1992, pp. 16-5202)
I. Silone, Fontamara, Milano, Mondadori Oscar (G. Baldi, "Fontamara": ottica dal basso, straniamento e comico antifrastico, in Id. Eroi intellettuali e classi popolari nella letteratura italiana del Novecento, Napoli, Liguori, 2005, pp. 255-276)
C. Bernari, Tre operai, Milano, Mondadori Oscar (F. Bernardini Napolitano, Introduzione, in Tre operai, op. cit., pp. V-XLII)
G. Piovene, Lettere di una novizia, Milano, Bompiani Tascabili (G. Barberi Squarotti, L'intrico delle finzioni: "Lettere di una novizia", in Guido Piovene tra idoli e ragione, a c. di S. Strazzabosco, Venezia, Marsilio, 1996, pp. 23-42)
V. Brancati, Don Giovanni in Sicilia, Bompiani (F. Spera, Le storie di malumore, in Vitaliano Brancati, Milano, Mursia, 1981, pp. 91-109)
E. Lussu, Un anno sull'altipiano, Torino, Einaudi (G. Falaschi, "Un anno sull'altipiano" di E. L., in
Letteratura italiana. Le Opere, dir. A. Asor Rosa, vol. IV, Il Novecento, to. II, Torino, Einaudi, 1996, pp. 167-199)
E. Vittorini, Uomini e no, Milano, Mondadori Oscar (V. Spinazzola, "Uomini e no" ovvero amore e resistenza, in La modernità letteraria, Milano, il Saggiatore - FAAM, 2001, pp. 293-312)
B. Fenoglio, La malora, Torino, Einaudi, 2006 (N. Palmieri, Avventure di un narratore. "La malora", in Beppe Fenoglio. La scrittura e il corpo, Firenze, Le Lettere, 2012, pp. 45-70).
V. Pratolini, Metello, Mondadori Oscar (B. Falcetto, Gli spazi di Metello, in Studi sulla letteratura italiana della modernità. Per Angelo Pupino, vol. 2, Dal secondo Novecento ai giorni nostri, a c. di Elena Candela, Liguori, Napoli 2009, pp. 185-195)

Teaching unit C
- Italo Calvino, Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore, Mondadori Oscar
- C. Milanini, La rivincita del lettore, in ID., L'utopia discontinua. Saggio su Italo Calvino, Milano, Garzanti, 1990, pp. 148-169; C. Segre, Se una notte d'inverno un romanziere sognasse un aleph di dieci colori, in Teatro e romanzo. Due tipi di comunicazione letteraria, Torino, Einaudi, 1984, pp. 135-173; P. Giovannetti, «Faccio delle cose coi libri» Calvino vs anni Settanta, «Enthymema», n. 7, (2012), pp. 401-408, https://doi.org/10.13130/2037-2426/2685

Additional bibliography for not-attending students
Teaching unit A
G. Rosa, Il patto narrativo, in Id., Il patto narrativo. La fondazione della civiltà romanzesca in Italia, Milano, il Saggiatore, FAAM, pp. 9-48; alternatively: F. Brioschi, Assiologie della modernità in Critica della ragion poetica, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, pp. 21-39

Teaching unit B
B. Falcetto, Neorealismi scritti, in Neorealismo. La nuova immagine in Italia 1932-1960, a cura di Enrica Viganò, Milano, Admira, 2006, pp. 41-51

Teaching unit C
M. Barenghi, Calvino, Bologna, il Mulino, 2009, (with particular attention to ch. 3 and 4)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The overall evaluation consists of an oral exam on the issues and the texts included in the syllabus.
Students are expected to understand and explain correctly the issues addressed, and to properly analyse the relevant literary texts.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/11 - CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/11 - CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/11 - CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours