Italian literature

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The first half of the class offers some exemplary critical readings taken from the main texts of the Italian literary tradition. In the second half, the focus is on a specific work, author, or literary movement.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the main currents of Italian medieval, early modern ad modern literature, set in their historic and cultural context, with special emphasis on their literary and linguistic peculiarities. Elements of rhetoric and metric. Interpretive tools of critical analysis. Understanding of the specificities of literary texts. Familiarity with the basics of critical scholarship. Acquisition of a personal and grounded judgement. Clarity and rigor of the analysis through a proper use of the critical vocabulary.
Course syllabus and organization

(A-D)

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Lessons will be provided via distance learning, in the Ariel site of the course, mostly in "asynchronous" way. Regular moments of "synchronous" interaction between students and teacher will be guaranteed. Students can also make use of the forum that is available in the Ariel site of the course.
Students will find any information (even changes in the Syllabus or in the reference bibliography) in the Ariel site of the course.
If the exam will not be able to take place as planned in this Syllabus, it will be replaced by an alternative assessment method that will be promptly communicated in the Ariel site of the course.
For organisational reasons, students are required to register for the course using the app EasyLesson.
Course syllabus
The course ("History and Texts of the Italian Literature"), consists of three sections that will be developed sequentially:

Section A (20 hours): "The Italian literature from the 13th to the 15th centuries"
Section B (20 hours): "The Italian literature from the 16th to the 19th centuries"
Section C (20 hours): "The Italian literature and the translations: some significant episodes"

Sections A and B will provide a general overview of some of the most important authors, texts and historical moments of the Italian literature, from the origins to beginning of the 19th century.
Section C will focus on the relation between Italian literature and the translations, analysing some significant episodes related to this topic. Over the centuries, Italian masterpieces have been translated into other European languages, and foreign texts have been translated into Italian, showing a strong interconnection between Italian literature and other European literatures. Usually, these translations aren't simple linguistic transliterations from a language to another, but show textual and ideological differences that can be analysed to study some of the characteristics of the Italian literature from a contrastive point of view.
This course provides only 9 CFUs (University Credits); it can't provide only 6 CFUs.
Prerequisites for admission
None.
Teaching methods
Lectures with reading and commenting of texts; attendance to lectures is highly recommended.
Additional digital teaching materials (such as images, musical registrations and bibliographic supports) will be published in the Ariel site of the course.
Teaching Resources
Sections A and B: Before classes of each section start, the teacher will publish on the Ariel site of the course ( https://sresconili.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/ ) a booklet containing the texts that will be read and commented during the lessons. Further teaching materials will be provided in the Ariel site during the course.
Lessons aim to improve students' skills in analysing texts, and will focus on pivotal moments of the history of Italian literature. Students will complete their preparation with the study of a good handbook for Italian high schools, that will provide a general knowledge of the historical-cultural background of the main authors and masterpieces of Italian literature (the teacher can provide foreign students with additional information about this).
During personal study, students may use handbooks that can help them in the metrical and rhetorical analysis of texts (such as Pietro G. Beltrami, Gli strumenti della poesia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2002 and Bice Mortara Garavelli, Il parlar figurato. Manualetto di figure retoriche, Bari-Roma, Laterza, 2010)

Section C: Before classes of this section start, the teacher will publish on the Ariel site of the course (https://sresconili.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/) a booklet containing the texts that will be read and commented during the lessons. Further teaching materials will be provided in the Ariel site during the course.

Erasmus incoming students with linguistic difficulties with the Italian language may contact the teacher (stefano.resconi@unimi.it) to establish a specific study plan.
The programme of this course is valid until February 2022.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of a preliminary written examination about sections A and B, and in an oral examination about section C. The written examination will take place in December 2020 and June and in December 2021; both examinations are mandatory and contribute to the final overall evaluation.
The written exam has to be completed within 90 minutes and consists of three open-ended questions: two questions focus on authors, works or literary movements analysed in the course; a third question consists in the paraphrase and stylistic analysis of one of the texts studied in the course. Written exams will be assessed as: Acceptable - Quite Good - Good - Excellent. The abilities to provide correct information within a coherent exposition and to paraphrase and comment properly the text will be evaluated.
The oral examination focuses on section C, and will assess students' preparation, their ability to construct a coherent and precise speech using the acquired skills in the analysis of literary texts.
The final overall evaluation (written exam + oral exam) is expressed in thirties.
The examination procedures for students with disabilities shall be established in advance with the teacher and with the dedicated office.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

(E-O)

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Instruction mode: synchronous online teaching on Microsoft Teams
Course syllabus
The class is subdivided into two units.

Part A offers some exemplary critical readings selected from the main texts of the Italian literary tradition, typically from the Middle Ages and Dante to Romanticism. Its content will be assessed in a written exam at the end of the class.

In Part B (which may vary every year) the focus is on a specific work, author, or literary movement, treated monographically. Unit B will be the main topic of the discussion during the oral exam.
This year's class examines the literary production of two major poets of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, Giovanni Pascoli and Luigi Di Ruscio.
Prerequisites for admission
The class is conducted entirely in Italian. Course materials and readings require an average knowledge of the main currents of Italian medieval, early modern ad modern literature, set in their historic and cultural context, with special emphasis on their literary and linguistic peculiarities.
Teaching methods
The class consists in 30 lectures. Students are strongly invited to turn in written assignments, the content of which is discussed with the teacher. These papers, though, are not mandatory.
Teaching Resources
Part A
Course materials are uploaded in the Ariel portal: https://ariel.unimi.it

Part B

Texts

Giovanni Pascoli, Myricae, in any edition. Strongly recommended the volume edited by Gianfranca Lavezzi, BUR

Luigi Di Ruscio, Poesie scelte, 1953-2010, edited by Massimo Gezzi, Marcos y Marcos 2019

Criticism
Massimo Castoldi, Pascoli, il Mulino 2011

Martino Marazzi, Italexit. Saggi su Risorgimento e disunione nazionale, Franco Cesati, Firenze 2019

Additional readings for non-attending students

One among the following works:
Giovanni Pascoli, Canti di Castelvecchio, in any edition; OR Rocco Scotellaro, È fatto giorno, OR, R. Scotellaro, Margherite e rosolacci, in their respective editions, or both in Tutte le poesie (ed. Franco Vitelli), and in Tutte le opere (eds. Vitelli - Dell'Aquila - Martelli)
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written + oral exam:
at the end of the class, either in November or December, a two-hour written exam on Part A (no dictionary allowed) tests the understanding of the specificities of literary texts, as well as students' familiarity with the basics of critical scholarship, and their acquisition of a personal and grounded judgement. Clarity and rigor of the analysis is required through a proper use of the critical vocabulary. An additional test is typically scheduled in September (to be confirmed).
Grades breakdown: Fail, Basic, Average, Good, Excellent.
Once the written part is completed, students can access to the oral exam (Part B). All students can take part in it, even those who were graded as Fail (in which case, they will have to repeat their preparation of Part A, in accordance with the teacher).
The oral part asks for the same learning requirements as the written part, and, in compliance with the Italian academic tradition, will be graded on a 30-point scale, from 18/30 to 30/30 cum laude .
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

(P-Z)

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
This course offers classes in distance teaching, mainly by asynchronous online lessons (power point + audio). More informations are going to be provided in the Ariel portal.
If it will not be possible to take the exams according to the procedures explained in the Syllabus, they will take place remotely. The examination methods will be promptly communicated.
Please sign up for the course using the EasyLesson app.
Course syllabus
The course (History and Texts of Italian Literature), consists of two Parts.
Part A (40 hours) is focused on the development of some literary genres in Italian medieval, early modern ad modern literature: lyric poetry, chivalric poems in ottava rima, prose.
In the second Part (B: 20 hours) the focus is on Vittorio Alfieri's Vita.
Students will earn 9 ECTS. It is not possible to take only 6 ECTS.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites are requested.
The class is conducted entirely in Italian.
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format.
Additional texts and documents will be uploaded to the e-learning portal Ariel.
Teaching Resources
Bibliography (attending and non-attending students).

Part A. All texts and other materials are available on the dedicated course website in the Ariel portal (https://czampeselipz.ariel.ctu.unimi.it).
For the approval of their written test, the students are expected to prepare very carefully the list of texts that will be uploaded to the Ariel portal at the end of the Unit.

Part B. The students are requested to read Alfieri's Vita (full text, also available online: http://www.bibliotecaitaliana.it/testo/bibit000012 or
https://www.liberliber.it/mediateca/libri/a/alfieri/vita/pdf/alfieri_vi… ) and to prepare the passages commented throughout the lessons (the complete programme will be uploaded to the Ariel portal at the end of the class).

Non-Italian mother-tongue students may contact the teacher (cristina.zampese@unimi.it) to set an alternative bibliography.
The programme is valid up to February 2022.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam (entirely in Italian) consists of a preliminary written test on Part A and an oral test on Part B. The written test is held in January and May 2021 and in January 2022; passing the written test is a prerequisite for the oral exam. Written tests will be graded Basic - Average - Good - Excellent and will be considered in the final overall grade. The written test has to be completed within 90 minutes and consists of three open-ended questions: two questions focus on the authors, works or literary movements listed in the programme of Part A; a third question consists in the paraphrase and stylistic analysis of one of the texts commented. The criteria used to assess student's performance are relevance, completeness and correctness.
The exam on Part B is oral. It is based on the topics described on the course programme and directed to check the expected learning outcomes (in particular, students are expected to be well-prepared in the subject; to have achieved analytical abilities with literary texts; to argue clearly and properly).
Assessments are marked out of thirty.
International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teacher. Likewise, students with any disabilities are kindly asked to contact the teacher in order to agree on alternative examination methods, in agreement with the competent office.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours