Italian literature (advanced)

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at improving the students' knowledge of Italian Modern Literature, as well as developing their critical awareness of the literary tradition: historical background, transmission of texts, thematic and stylistic aspects. In order to achieve these goals, the course focuses on some relevant authors and texts from the late XVIth to the XIXth century.
Furthermore, in its first part the course deepens Dante's Commedia, studied with the help of the main tools of analysis and through the discussion of critical approaches useful to interpret literary texts (theory of styles and genres).
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the students are expected to be aware of the most suitable tools for the analysis and interpretation of literary texts (thematical and formal aspects), and to have knowledge of their collocation within historical context, especially for ages and authors which are object of the course. They are also expected to be conscious of the different methodological perspectives; to be able to recognize the problematic aspects of the topics studied; to demonstrate a correct use of a scientific bibliography and the ability to clearly argue and properly use the specific lexicon of the discipline.
Course syllabus and organization

A-H

Lesson period
First semester
Teaching methods:
The course will be held mainly by synchronous online lectures following the scheduled timetable, using Teams, with the exception of some asynchronous lessons (video lessons, power point + audio). Some lessons might consist both of syncronous and asyncronous parts. Every face-to-face lecture will include a question time. All lessons will be registered and available on ARIEL platform.
Some well-known cantos of Dante's Comedia will be read with the contribution of volunteer students. Schedule of lessons and activities will be posted on ARIEL site, as well as a forum.
Any updates will also be communicated through ARIEL (and please read often mail @studenti.unimi.it)
Students unable to attend face-to-face synchronous lessons, can be considered to be attending if carry out alternative online activities.

Reference materials:
Attending students must refer to all the lessons, materials and resources published on Teams and ARIEL, in addition to the bibliography listed in the course programme.

Learning verification procedures and assessment criteria:
The exam is oral and takes place in Teams (videoconferencing), according to the indications provided by the University. The details and calendars of the oral examinations are published and constantly updated on ARIEL.
Course syllabus
The course, divided in three parts of ca. 20 hours each, provides a presentation and discussion of the the following topics:
Part A: Dante's Comedy (reading and commentary on selected chapters; Dante's culture; language and style of the Comedy; morphology of the afterlife; critical problems about Dante).
Part B will focus on the analysis of poems by seventeenth-century lyric writers (such as Tommaso Campanella, Gabriello Chiabrera, Ciro di Pers, Claudio Achillini, Fulvio Testi, Isabella Andreini, Margherita Costa); we will explore their stylistic experimentation in relation to the literary and intellectual context, and to coeval treatises (e.g., Emanuele Tesauro's Cannocchiale aristotelico).
In Part C we will read Giovan Battista Marino's Amori in the context of both the evolution of his Lira and the new codification of the Baroque 'Canzonieri'.
Prerequisites for admission
In order to access the course the student must have passed the first year Italian Literature exam.
Teaching methods
The course is offered in a lecture format. Attendance is not mandatory but still strongly recommended. Lectures are based on paper materials; students might read texts in electronic format when available. Traditional frontal teaching is integrated by parts of discussion and collaboration with students aimed at enhancing their critical attitudes. A workshop focusing on "critical writing", addressed to majoring students, will be held beside the course.
Teaching Resources
Part A:
DANTE, Inferno, 1, 5, 10, 13, 26 e 33; Purgatorio, 1, 6, 11, 16, 24 e 30; Paradiso, 1, 3, 11, 15, 17 e 33 (students are free to chose one of the following editions: Bosco-Reggio, Le Monnier; Pasquini-Quaglio, Garzanti; Chiavacci Leonardi, Mondadori; Inglese, Carocci)
G. INGLESE, Dante: guida alla "Divina Commedia", Carocci
E. AUERBACH, Figura, in Studi su Dante, Feltrinelli
G. CONTINI, Dante come personaggio poeta della "Commedia", in Un'idea di Dante, Einaudi
In addition, for non-attending students:
DANTE, Inferno, 3, 4, 6, 32, 34; Purgatorio, 30, 31; Paradiso, 6, 12, 2

Part B:
Edition: Antologia della poesia italiana. Il Seicento, a cura di C. SEGRE e C. OSSOLA, Torino, Einaudi, 2001 (selections will be posted on ARIEL)
E. ARDISSINO, Il Seicento, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005
A. BATTISTINI, La cultura del Barocco, in Storia della letteratura italiana, dir. E. Malato, vol. V: La fine del Cinquecento e il Seicento, Roma, Salerno, 1997, pp. 463-559.
Text selections, critical bibliography and additional study materials will be posted on ARIEL during the course. In addition to the bibliography on the syllabus, reference must be made to the lectures, the materials and any other resource published on Teams and ARIEL.

Part C:
Edition: GIOVAN BATTISTA MARINO, Amori, a cura di A. MARTINI, Milano, BUR, 1982.
E. RUSSO, Marino, Roma, Salerno, 2008.
Text selections, critical bibliography and additional study materials will be posted on ARIEL during the course. In addition to the bibliography on the syllabus, reference must be made to the lectures, the materials and any other resource published on Teams and ARIEL.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Learning results are assessed by an individual oral exam with the aim to test acquired knowledge. Assessment criteria include the ability to organise speech and present topics and problems with the appropriate expression. Marks are out of 30. The result is communicated to the student at the end of the exam.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Berra Claudia
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Banella Laura
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Banella Laura

I-Z

Lesson period
Second semester
If needed by the health situation, this course will offer 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
Course syllabus
The programme is divided into three parts. The first will focus on the influence of ancient poetry in Dante's "Divine Comedy" ("'Taccia di Cadmo e d'Aretusa Ovidio'. La memoria dei classici nella "Commedia"); the second and the third on Giacomo Leopardi's main works, the "Operette morali" (B) and the "Canti" (C).
The programme is valid up to July 2022.
Prerequisites for admission
The prerequisite course is Italian Literature.
Teaching methods
The course will be based on formal lectures. Class attendance at lessons is strongly recommended.
Additional texts and documents will be uploaded on the e-learning platform Ariel.
A workshop focusing on "critical writing", addressed to majoring students, will be held beside the course. This workshop is not compulsory.
Teaching Resources
Part A: D. Alighieri, "Commedia". Editions commented by Sapegno (La Nuova Italia), Bosco-Reggio (Le Monnier), Pasquini-Quaglio (Garzanti, Chiavacci Leonardi (Mondadori), Inglese (Carocci) are recommended.
Non-attending students will also read G. Ledda, "Dante", Bologna, il Mulino (chapters III-IX).

Part B (attending and non-attending students): Giacomo Leopardi, "Operette morali", ed. by Laura Melosi (Milano, BUR) or ed. by Cesare Galimberti (Napoli, Guida). More informations are going to be provided in the Ariel portal.

Part C (attending and non-attending students): Giacomo Leopardi, "Canti", ed. by Franco Gavazzeni e Cristiano Animosi (Milano, BUR) or ed. by Fernando Bandini (Milano, Garzanti). More informations are going to be provided in the Ariel portal.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam, based on the topics described in the course programme and directed to check the expected learning outcomes (in particular, students are expected to be well-prepared on the subject; to have achieved critical and analytical abilities with literary texts; to argue clearly and properly).

Assessments are marked out of thirty. Students are allowed to choose between earning 6 credits (parts A+B or A+C) and earning 9 credits (3 parts).
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
Professor(s)