Literary culture and genres of modernity

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer an in-depth knowledge of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Italian literature culture. Focus will be put on genres, types and forms of literary expression, according to the variety of their textual articulations and their multiple audience.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: 1) Awareness of the relationship between literary, semi-literary and extra-literary dominion in the context of twentieth-century production; 2) Knowledge of the modern literary genres system; 3) Awareness of the writer's professional role. 4) Awareness of the plurality of perspectives on literary texts.
Skills: 1) Ability to identify the main textual features (structural, thematic, stylistic) linked to the genre's historical development 2) Ability to describe textual choices in connection with fiction and nonfiction production 3) Ability to sort through the modes and genres outline.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Classes will take place remotely, in both synchronous form, on Microsoft Teams, and with asynchronous resources and contents that will be made available on the Ariel website of the course. On the course Ariel website students will find all the information concerning access to online classes and any changes in the syllabus or in reference texts (bibliography etc.). Should it not be possible to offer oral exams as stated in the Syllabus, exams will take place remotely in the format communicated through the course Ariel website.
Course syllabus
Module A will focus on methodology, with specific attention to genres, typologies and hybrid forms of the literary system of modernity.
Module B will consider works belonging to a specific genre of twentieth-century modernity, the Mills and Boon novels ("romanzi rosa").
Prerequisites for admission
Conoscenza del panorama letterario italiano del Novecento; possesso di una consapevolezza metodologica e di un lessico critico di base.

Students must have a general knowledge of twentieth-century Italian literature, methodological awareness and a basic critical lexicon.
Teaching methods
Lectures (with slides, audiovisual and audio materials); In-class discussions; Focus on assessment and marking
Teaching Resources
U. D. A
Secondary literature:
U. Schulz Buuschhaus, "Il sistema letterario nella civiltà borghese" Milano, Unicopli ; V. Spinazzola, "L'egemonia del romanzo", Milano, Il Saggiatore Fondazione Arnoldo e Alberto Mondadori, pp. 7- 68.

U.D. B
Primary Literature: Liala, "La casa delle lodole" (1941) L. Peverelli "Sposare lo straniero" (1947) B. Gasperini, "Una donna e altri animali" (1978).
Secondary literature: V. Spinazzola, "L'immaginazione divertente. Il giallo, il rosa, il porno e il fumetto", ediz. digitale goWare 2018 ; G. Rosa, "Liala che torna" in "Liala Una protagonista dell'editoria rosa tra romanzi e stampa periodica", a cura di L. Finocchi e A. Gigli Marchetti, Milano, Franco Angeli, pp. 30-43 [pdf in Ariel]; "Appendice" a B. Gasperini, "Una donna e altri animali", edizione digitale a cura del Sistema bibliotecario di Milano collana di ebook Biblioteca Comunale di Milano, 2020 pp. 212-284

Additional bibliography for not-attending students:

U.D. A
P. Violi, "Breve storia della letteratura rosa", Perugia Graphe 2020

U.D .B
Primary Literature: Liala, "Signorsì", Sonzogno; B. Gasperini, "L'estate dei bisbigli", Rizzoli
Secondary literature: B. Pischedda, "Liala Signorsì (1931)" (pp. 62-80); "Brunella Gasperini, L'estate dei bisbigli (1956)" (pp. 131-151) in B. Pischedda, "Dieci nel Novecento. Il romanzo italiano di largo pubblico dal Liberty alla fine del secolo", Roma, Carocci editore 2019.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The overall evaluation consists of an oral exam on the issues addressed and on the texts included in the syllabus. Students are expected to understand and explain the historical and cultural dynamics of the literary system in modern and contemporary Italy, and to properly analyse the individually chosen literary texts.

International or Erasmus incoming students are kindly requested to contact the teacher of the course. Also students with disabilities should contact the teacher of the course, in order to discuss alternative examination methods, in agreement with the competent Office
Unita' didattica A
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
Lessons: 20 hours