Contemporary Scandinavian literature

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/15
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
This course aims to present and discuss authors and themes of contemporary Scandinavian literature within their historical and cultural context. Relevant methodological approaches to literary analysis will be used.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will be able to analyze contemporary Scandinavian literature in the original language (partially in Italian translation for BA students) by applying appropriate critical approaches and contextualizing the works in history and culture. They will also be able to identify and discuss problems and issues specific to the topic of the course.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course provides an overview of the main Nordic literary tendencies of the past three decades. It consists of three subsequent units:
unit A: The dark side of Scandinavian welfare state: dystopic genre, realism and crime fiction;
unit B: The relationship between fiction and reality: autobiography;
unit C: Telling the unspeakable: the Nazi extermination camps..
The course corresponds to 9 ECTS. Students from programmes other than Foreign Languages and Literatures may acquire 6 ECTS if it is allowed by their syllabus; they will attend only units A+B.




Unit A aims to analyze contemporary literature as an arena for discussing Nordic welfare state and its recent development.
Unit B is devoted to autobiography as a mean to express the author's self in relationship to the fictional self.
Unit C will be devoted to Olocaust narratives as a mean to analyze the past and present European history.
This course programme is valid until February 2022.
Prerequisites for admission
None.
Teaching methods
Teaching methodologies: frontal lessons; reading and analysis of literary works both during classes and individually; individual study of critical contributions.
Teaching Resources
Reading list and materials for units A and B:
M. Ciaravolo (ed.), "Storia delle letterature scandinave", Iperborea 2019, chapter 8.6 (pp. 744-809).

Unit A: Jan Sonnergaard, Radiator, Copenaghen 1997.
Unit B: Karl Ove Knausgård, Min kamp, Oslo 2009
Unit C: Jag heter inte Miriam, Stockholm 2015.

The course programme includes the contents of the lessons and the critical contributions available on the Ariel platform.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in an individual interview with questions by the teacher, student/teacher interaction, and comment and analysis of one or more texts included in the reading list and materials. The interview is in Italian and its duration varies according to the number of didactic units. The aim is to ascertain the student's knowledge of the course contents and texts, the ability to discuss authors and works in their contexts, the presentation and discussion skills, the use of technical terminology, the ability to discuss themes critically and in a personal way. The final mark follows the 30-point system. The student can reject the result (which will be registered as "ritirato" in this case).
International or Erasmus incoming students are required to contact the teacher as soon as possible. Students with SLD are required to contact the teacher to plan specific exam activities according to the instructions of the office in charge.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/15 - NORDIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/15 - NORDIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/15 - NORDIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours