Italian literature

A.Y. 2021/2022
12
Max ECTS
80
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with a critical expertise of the main elements of the Italian literary system, from the Origins to the Seventeenth century, following the tradition and development of models, themes, forms.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: at the end of the course the student must know the fundamental aspects and issues of Italian literature from the Origins to the Seventeenth century, with a proper historic contextualization and specific reference to genres, themes and poetics, authors and works, methods of transmission of texts and their philological problems. Furthermore, the student will have to know the tools (metric elements, rhetoric, style theory and narratology) and the critical methodologies necessary to analyse and interpret the texts.

Competence: the student will then have to demonstrate the ability to understand and analyse literary texts (in their thematic and formal aspects), framing them in their respective contexts. Likewise, the student must demonstrate competence in the comprehension and use of literary essays, ability to identify the bibliography and to make use of the main tools of bibliographic resources, as well as the ability to communicate clearly and correctly, both in oral and written presentation, with appropriate use of scientific terminology.
Course syllabus and organization

A-De

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
All lectures will be conducted in person and simultaneously transmitted online on Teams (access to Prof. Baldassari's class with the code ae4nmzn ; access to Prof. Ravera's class with the code oix1pa0). The lessons will be recorded and available on Ariel or on Teams for at least 48 hours after their upload.

The reference material (bibliography etc.) will not be modified.

If it is not possible to take the exam in the manner provided for in the Syllabus, the exam will take place in telematic form in the manner that will be communicated on the Ariel site of the course at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Part A (20 hours, 3 ECTS-credits): Italian literature: from the beginnings to Renaissance Humanism [Prof. Gabriele Baldassari]
Part B (20 hours, 3 ECTS-credits): Italian literature: from the Renaissance to Baroque [Prof. Gabriele Baldassari]
Part C (20 hours, 3 ECTS-credits): The making of Petrarch's Canzoniere [Prof. Gabriele Baldassari]
Part D (20 hours, 3 ECTS-credits): Rhetorics and metrics through analysis of texts. Bibliographical guidelines and citations [Prof.ssa Giulia Ravera]

The course addresses Humanities students whose surname begins with A-De (12 cfu) and Liberal Studies in Communication students (6/9 cfu) enrolled in the academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021; the latter will prepare either teaching units A and C (6 cfu - oral exam) or A, B, C (9 cfu - written and oral exam).

Parts A and B will deal with the following subjects: Sicilian School and 13th century Tuscan poetry; Dolce Stil Novo; Dante Alighieri (with particular regard to Rime and Vita nova); Giovanni Boccaccio (with particular regard to Decameron); Renaissance Humanism; literature in the Florence of the Medici (Lorenzo de' Medici, Poliziano, Luigi Pulci); Matteo Maria Boiardo; Petrarchism (from 15th century to Della Casa); the genre of treatise in 16th century (with particular regard to Bembo and Castiglione); Niccolò Machiavelli and Francesco Guicciardini; Ludovico Ariosto (with particular regard to Orlando furioso); Torquato Tasso (with particular regard to Gerusalemme liberata); Giovan Battista Marino and Baroque poetry; Galileo Galilei.
Part C will focus on Francesco Petrarch's Canzoniere, read through an itinerary that will emphasise aspects relating to the construction of the collection as a macro-text.
Part D will provide students with basic knowledge in rhetorical figures and poetic forms through analysis of texts from 13th Century, along with bibliographical guidelines.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no required prerequisites. Yet, Humanities students who have passed the entrance examination with a score lower than 25 in the section "Text comprehension" must fulfill additional learning obligations (OFA, Obblighi formativi aggiuntivi) according to the provisions of the Humanities Study Program, as indicated in Course website. All Humanities students enrolled in 2021 must consult the Course website page about OFA.
Teaching methods
Also thanks to slides' projections, lectures will focus on movements, authors and works and their cultural context; on the main critical problems of each topic, through quotations from critical essays and comparisons among different critical views; on tradition and reception of works and texts; on their most interesting formal aspects. All the slides will be available on Ariel (http://ariel.unimi.it).
Analysis of the texts will start from paraphrase, paying attention to the most important differences in interpretation, and will consider the prominent cultural and formal elements.
The lessons dedicated to Petrarch will focus on the way in which Petrarch's Canzoniere was built, on the phases of its elaboration and on the manuscript witnesses that have allowed its reconstruction, on the strategies adopted by Petrarch at different levels and on the assumptions of thought that underlie the work.
The use of the commentary on the "Canzoniere" will familiarize students with the commentaries on literary texts. Also thanks to part D students will be able to be acquainted with tools and methods of analysis and learn the vocabulary of the discipline. The texts will be read by focusing on the metric and rhetorical aspects, allowing students to learn basic elements of the discipline through direct contact with the text.
Teaching Resources
Attending students
As for parts A and B students must prepare topics and texts using a handbook of their own choice and a booklet including a collection of texts which will be on sale at Cortina bookshop at the beginning of the course (it can be ordered also by mail). Some handbooks and anthologies are suggested here below:
- Giulio Ferroni, Profilo storico della letteratura italiana, 2 voll., Einaudi;
- Giancarlo Alfano, Paola Italia, Emilio Russo, Franco Tomasi, Letteratura italiana. Manuale per studi universitari, 2 voll., Mondadori Università;
- Letteratura italiana, ed. by Andrea Battistini, 2 voll., il Mulino;
- Hermann Grosser, Il canone letterario, Principato (3 voll., including Il secondo Cinquecento. Seicento. Settecento);
- Claudio Marazzini, Simone Fornara, Dove 'l sì suona, Loescher (3 voll.: Dalle origini ai siculo-toscani; 1. Dallo stilnovo a Tasso; 2. Dal Barocco a Manzoni);
- Claudio Giunta, Cuori intelligenti, DeAgostini-Garzanti (Blue edition: 2 voll., including Dal Barocco al Romanticismo);
- Corrado Bologna, Rosa fresca aulentissima, Loescher (3 voll., including Dal Barocco all'età dei Lumi).
At the end of parts A and B students will find on Ariel a detailed list of subjects and texts to be prepared.
For part C students will have to prepare:
- Petrarch's texts from Canzoniere that will be listed at the end of the course, according to the edition edited by Marco Santagata, Milano, Mondadori (Oscar);
- Petrarch's texts included in the booklet or on Ariel;
- the notes of the lessons;
- Natascia Tonelli, Leggere il Canzoniere, Bologna, il Mulino (collection "Guida alle grandi opere" directed by Andrea Battistini);
- Roberto Antonelli, Perché un Libro-(Canzoniere), in "Critica del testo", VI/1 (2003), pp. 49-65 (available also online, through the unimi opac).
Other optional readings will be indicated during the course.

For the historical and theoretical aspects of metrics and rhetoric of part D students will have to study:
- B. Mortara Garavelli, Il parlar figurato. Manualetto di figure retoriche Laterza (for rhetoric), a precise indication of the rhetorical figures to which particular attention should be paid will be given in class;
- P. Beltrami, Gli strumenti della poesia, Il Mulino (for metrics); the whole chapters I-V; as for chapter VII only the pages 99-107, 116-126, 128, 137-139, 140-141; the reading of chapters VI e X in strongly reccomended.
The exemplification of the metric and rhetorical elements will be based on texts taken from Poesie dello stilnovo, edited by Marco Berisso, Milano, Rizzoli (Bur); other texts will be available on Ariel. The complete and definitive list of the analysed texts will be provided at the end of the lessons.

Non-attending students
As for parts A and B students must prepare topics and texts using a handbook of their own choice and a booklet including a collection of texts which will be on sale at Cortina bookshop at the beginning of the course (and can be ordered by mail). Some handbooks and anthologies are suggested here below:
- Giulio Ferroni, Profilo storico della letteratura italiana, 2 voll., Einaudi;
- Giancarlo Alfano, Paola Italia, Emilio Russo, Franco Tomasi, Letteratura italiana. Manuale per studi universitari, 2 voll., Mondadori Università;
- Letteratura italiana, ed. by Andrea Battistini, 2 voll., il Mulino;
- Hermann Grosser, Il canone letterario, Principato (3 voll., including Il secondo Cinquecento. Seicento. Settecento);
- Claudio Marazzini, Simone Fornara, Dove 'l sì suona, Loescher (3 voll.: Dalle origini ai siculo-toscani; 1. Dallo stilnovo a Tasso; 2. Dal Barocco a Manzoni);
- Claudio Giunta, Cuori intelligenti, DeAgostini-Garzanti (Blue edition: 2 voll., including Dal Barocco al Romanticismo);
- Corrado Bologna, Rosa fresca aulentissima, Loescher (3 voll., including Dal Barocco all'età dei Lumi).
At the end of parts A and B students will find on Ariel a detailed list of subjects and texts to be prepared.
For part C students will have to prepare:
- the following texts from Canzoniere, in the edition edited by Paola Vecchi Galli, Milano, Rizzoli (Bur): 1-11, 22, 23, 50, 60-62, 70-73, 81, 125-126, 128, 142, 145, 189, 211, 263, 264-268, 292, 304, 310, 336, 359-366;
- Natascia Tonelli, Leggere il Canzoniere, Bologna, il Mulino (collection "Guida alle grandi opere" directed by Andrea Battistini);
- Roberto Antonelli, Perché un Libro-(Canzoniere), in "Critica del testo", VI/1 (2003), pp. 49-65 (available also online, through the opac).
- Gabriele Baldassari, "Una complicata cattedrale". Il Canzoniere di Petrarca e i "Frammenti dell'anima" di Marco Santagata, in "Nuova rivista di letteratura italiana", XVIII, 2 (2015): Venticinque anni di italianistica. Dodici libri da rileggere (1990-2015), pp. 23-39.

For the historical and theoretical aspects of metrics and rhetoric of part D students will have to study:
- B. Mortara Garavelli, Il parlar figurato. Manualetto di figure retoriche Laterza (for rhetoric);
- P. Beltrami, Gli strumenti della poesia, Il Mulino (for metrics).
The exemplification of the metric and rhetorical elements will be based on texts taken from Poesie dello stilnovo, edited by Marco Berisso, Milano, Rizzoli (Bur); other texts will be available on Ariel. The complete and definitive list of the analysed texts will be provided at the end of the lessons.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam for 12 or 9 cfu consists of a preliminary written test on parts A and B and an oral test on parts C and D (only C for a 9 ECTS exam). The 6 cfu exam consists of an oral test on teaching parts A and C.
The written test will be held in January, May and September 2022; passing the written test is a prerequisite for access to the oral exam. Written tests will be graded sufficient, discreet, good, excellent and will be part of the final overall grade. Grades of the written test will be published on Ariel in the specifically dedicated section.
The written test has to be completed within 90 minutes and consists of three open-ended questions: a question for each part A and part B focuses on the authors, works or literary movements listed in the programme, and a third part which consists in the paraphrase of one of the texts in the programme and asks some short questions about it. Students who had to take the OFA course of Text comprehension and have passed its final exam will not have to take the third question.
The criteria used to assess students' performance are relevance, completeness and correctness; the ability to elaborate an organic and coherent response, to adopt the proper formal register and to employ the appropriate specialised lexicon, and, for the third question, the ability to adequately render a text showing a satisfactory knowledge of the literary language will be considered.
The oral test consists of an interview on fundamental topics of the work dealt with in part C and on poetic forms, meters and rhetorical figures through the texts to be prepared for part D. The student will have to demonstrate a full ability to paraphrase the text. The criteria used to assess students' performance are: ability to critically organize information from lectures and bibliography; competence to comprehensively and effectively expose problems and questions using the appropriate technical language.
The final grade will be expressed in the 30 grade point system, and it will take into consideration the grade of the written test.
Information on the programme and on the exam will be provided during the first lecture of the course; a presentation will be available on Ariel where students will find specimen papers of previous written tests.
Non-attending students, international students and Erasmus students are invited to contact the professor in office hours for information on the exam.
Examination methods for students with disabilities or SLD must be defined with the teacher in agreement with the University Disability and SLD Services
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
Unita' didattica D
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Ravera Giulia

Di-N

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021-2022 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
Course of 80 hours, 12 CFU:

Part A (20 hours, 3 CFU): Italian literature of the beginnings [Stefania Baragetti]
Part B (20 hours, 3 CFU): Italian literature from Renaissance Humanism to Baroque [Stefania Baragetti]
Part C (20 hours, 3 CFU): Ariosto's "Satires", between history and poetry [Giacomo Vagni]
Part D (20 hours, 3 CFU): Elements of prosody, metre and rhetoric through texts of Italian literature [Giacomo Vagni]

The course addresses Humanities students whose surname begins with Di-N (12 CFU) and Liberal Studies in Communication students (6/9 CFU); the latter will prepare either teaching units A and C (6 CFU - oral exam) or A, B, C (9 CFU - written and oral exam).

The course is divided into four parts. Parts A (from Sicilian School to Petrarca) and B (from Renaissance Humanism to Baroque) will deal with the following subjects: Sicilian School and 13th century Tuscan poetry; Dolce Stil Novo; Dante Alighieri (with particular regard to "Rime", "Vita nova"); Francesco Petrarca (with particular regard to "Canzoniere"); Boccaccio ("Decameron"); Renaissance Humanism; the Florence of Lorenzo de' Medici, Poliziano ("Stanze per la giostra"), Luigi Pulci ("Morgante"); Matteo Maria Boiardo ("Orlando innamorato"); Petrarchism; the genre of treatise in 16th century (Pietro Bembo, Baldassarre Castiglione, Niccolò Machiavelli, Francesco Guicciardini); Ludovico Ariosto (with particular regard to "Orlando furioso"); Torquato Tasso (with particular regard to "Gerusalemme liberata"); the Baroque poetry (Giovan Battista Marino), Galileo Galilei and the Scientific Revolution ("Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo").
Teaching part C is dedicated to the analysis of Ludovico Ariosto's "Satire", interpreted from a viewpoint that enhances the intertwining of autobiography, political history, literary tradition and poetic invention.
Teaching part D will consist of an in-depth analysis and reading of poems and texts, providing the students with elements of metrics and rhetoric.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no required prerequisites. Yet, Humanities students who have passed the entrance examination with a score lower than 25 in the section "Text comprehension" must fulfill additional learning obligations (OFA, Obblighi formativi aggiuntivi) according to the provisions of the Humanities Study Program, as indicated in Course website. All Humanities students enrolled in 2021 must consult the Course website page about OFA.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. Frontal lectures aim primarily at the acquisition of knowledge and the appropriate specialized vocabulary.
Parts A and B will be taught on texts included in the booklet. Slide projections will also be used. The lectures of parts A and B will focus on movements, authors, literary works and their cultural context (from the beginnings to Baroque); on the main critical problems of each topic and text (through the reading of critical essays); on tradition and reception of works and texts; on their most interesting formal aspects.
Analysis of the texts will start from paraphrase, paying attention to the most important differences in interpretation, and will consider the prominent cultural and formal elements.
In teaching part C, the integral reading of Ludovico Ariosto's seven "Satire" will provide an in-depth critical examination of a so-called 'minor' work by one of the main authors of the Italian poetic tradition, through an analysis that grasps and problematises the work's complex interweaving of poetic invention, macro-textual structure, moral reflection, autobiographical construction and historical judgement. The lectures, the use of commentaries on the "Satire" and the study of the bibliography will thus enable students to refine their analytical tools and methods and to learn the lexicon of the discipline.
Teaching part D will also contribute to this knowledge, through a reading and analysis of Italian poems that will focus on metrical and rhetorical aspects, allowing students to learn the basic elements of the discipline through direct contact with the text.

All the slides projected during the lessons will be available on Ariel.
Non-attending students have to obtain the materials indicated in this program and to contact the teacher via email or during reception hours.
Teaching Resources
Attending students

Parts A and B

Students must prepare topics and texts using a handbooks of their own choice and a collection of texts, a booklet, which will be on sale at Cortina bookshop at the beginning of the course (it can be ordered by mail). To consolidate the historical and literary framework and the knowledge of the authors and works analyzed, the students are free to choose the handbook of Italian literature. Some handbooks are suggested here below:

- Giulio Ferroni, "Profilo storico della letteratura italiana", 2 voll., Einaudi;
- Giancarlo Alfano, Paola Italia, Emilio Russo, Franco Tomasi, "Letteratura italiana. Manuale per studi universitari", 2 voll., Mondadori Università;
- "Letteratura italiana", ed. by Andrea Battistini, 2 voll., il Mulino;
- Hermann Grosser, "Il canone letterario", Principato (3 voll., including "Il secondo Cinquecento. Seicento. Settecento");
- Claudio Marazzini, Simone Fornara, "Dove 'l sì suona", Loescher (3 voll.: "Dalle origini ai siculo-toscani"; 1. "Dallo stilnovo a Tasso"; 2. "Dal Barocco a Manzoni");
- Claudio Giunta, "Cuori intelligenti", DeAgostini-Garzanti (Blue edition: 2 voll., including "Dal Barocco al Romanticismo");
- Corrado Bologna, "Rosa fresca aulentissima", Loescher (3 voll., including "Dal Barocco all'età dei Lumi").

At the end of parts A and B students will find on Ariel a detailed list of subjects and texts to be prepared for the exam.

Part C

Text (full reading requested):
- Ludovico Ariosto, "Satire", testo critico e commento a cura di Cesare Segre, nuova edizione aggiornata, Torino, Einaudi, 2021;

- The reading of a satire of your choice must be completed by the study of its introduction and commentary from the edition L. Ariosto, "Satire", a cura di Emilio Russo, Roma, Bites, 2019 (free download: http://bitesonline.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/BItes012_Ariosto_inter…);

- The study of the following essay is also required: Andrea Cucchiarelli, "Ariosto, Orazio e la tradizione satirica latina", in L. Ariosto, "Satire", a cura di Emilio Russo, Roma, Bites, 2019, pp. 265-288 (http://bitesonline.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/BItes012_Ariosto_inter…).

Part D

The exemplification of metrical and rhetorical elements will take place through the reading of a series of poetic texts that will be published by the teacher on Ariel. A complete and definitive list of the texts analysed will be provided at the end of the lessons.

For the historical and theoretical aspects of metrics and rhetoric, the study of the following books is requested:
- B. Mortara Garavelli, "Il parlar figurato. Manualetto di figure retoriche", Laterza;
- P. Beltrami, "Gli strumenti della poesia", Il Mulino.


Non attending students

Parts A and B

Students must prepare topics and texts using a handbooks of their own choice and a collection of texts, a booklet, which will be on sale at Cortina bookshop at the beginning of the course (it can be ordered by mail). To consolidate the historical and literary framework and the knowledge of the authors and works analyzed, the students are free to choose the handbook of Italian literature. Some handbooks are suggested here below:

- Giulio Ferroni, "Profilo storico della letteratura italiana", 2 voll., Einaudi;
- Giancarlo Alfano, Paola Italia, Emilio Russo, Franco Tomasi, "Letteratura italiana. Manuale per studi universitari", 2 voll., Mondadori Università;
- "Letteratura italiana", ed. by Andrea Battistini, 2 voll., il Mulino;
- Hermann Grosser, "Il canone letterario", Principato (3 voll., including "Il secondo Cinquecento. Seicento. Settecento");
- Claudio Marazzini, Simone Fornara, "Dove 'l sì suona", Loescher (3 voll.: "Dalle origini ai siculo-toscani"; 1. "Dallo stilnovo a Tasso"; 2. "Dal Barocco a Manzoni");
- Claudio Giunta, "Cuori intelligenti", DeAgostini-Garzanti (Blue edition: 2 voll., including "Dal Barocco al Romanticismo");
- Corrado Bologna, "Rosa fresca aulentissima", Loescher (3 voll., including "Dal Barocco all'età dei Lumi").

At the end of parts A and B students will find on Ariel a detailed list of subjects and texts to be prepared for the exam.

Part C

Text (full reading requested):
- Ludovico Ariosto, "Satire", testo critico e commento a cura di Cesare Segre, nuova edizione aggiornata, Torino, Einaudi, 2021;

- The reading of satires I and VII must be completed by the study of the introduction and commentary by E. Russo (I) and C. Berra (VII) in L. Ariosto, "Satire", a cura di Emilio Russo, Roma, Bites, 2019, pp. 35-64 and 231-264 (free download: http://bitesonline.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/BItes012_Ariosto_inter…);

The study of the following essays is also required:
- Paolo Marini, "Ariosto magnanimo. Sulla figura dell'io poetico nelle «Satire»", «Lettere italiane», 60 (2008), pp. 84-101;
- Andrea Cucchiarelli, "Ariosto, Orazio e la tradizione satirica latina", in L. Ariosto, "Satire", a cura di Emilio Russo, Roma, Bites, 2019, pp. 265-288 (http://bitesonline.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/BItes012_Ariosto_inter…).

Part D

The exemplification of metrical and rhetorical elements will take place through the reading of a series of poetic texts that will be published by the teacher on Ariel. A complete and definitive list of the texts analysed will be provided at the end of the lessons.

For the historical and theoretical aspects of metrics and rhetoric, the study of the following books and part of book is requested:
- B. Mortara Garavelli, "Il parlar figurato. Manualetto di figure retoriche", Laterza;
- P. Beltrami, "Gli strumenti della poesia", Il Mulino;
- U. Motta, "«Lingua mortal non dice». Guida alla lettura del testo poetico", Roma, Carocci, 2020, chapters: "Introduzione" (pp. 11-21), 8. "Contestualizzare" (pp. 245-272), 9. "Giudizi di valore" (pp. 273-286).
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Assessment methods: the 6 CFU exam consists of an oral test on teaching parts A and C. The exam for 12 or 9 CFU consists of a preliminary written test on parts A and B and an oral test on parts C and D (only C for a 9 CFU exam). The written test will be held in January, May and September 2022; passing the written test is a prerequisite for access to the oral exam. Written tests will be graded sufficient, discreet, good, excellent and will be part of the final overall grade. Grades of the written test will be published on Ariel in the specifically dedicated section.

- Type of test: the written test has to be completed within 90 minutes and consists of three open-ended questions: a question for each part A and part B focuses on the authors, works or literary movements in the programme, and a third question which consists in the paraphrase of one of the texts in the programme and in few short questions about it. Students who had to take the support course (OFA, "Text comprehension") and have passed its final exam will not have to take the third question.
The oral test consists of an interview on fundamental topics of the work dealt with in part C and on poetic forms, meters and rhetorical figures through the texts to be prepared for part D. The student will have to demonstrate a full ability to paraphrase the text.

- Criteria: the criteria used to evaluate the written test are relevance, completeness and correctness; the ability to elaborate an organic and coherent response, to adopt the right formal register and to use the appropriate specialized vocabulary, and, for the third question, the ability to adequately render a text showing a satisfactory knowledge of the literary language. The student will have to demonstrate a full ability to paraphrase the text.
The criteria used to assess the oral test are: ability to critically organize information from lectures and bibliography; competence to comprehensively and effectively expose problems and questions using the appropriate technical language.

- Grade: the final grade will be determined in 30s, and it will take into consideration the grade of the written test.

Information on the programme and on the exam will be provided during the first lecture of the course.
Non-attending students, international students and Erasmus students are invited to contact the professor in office hours for information on the exam.
The format of the exam for students with disabilities must be be defined in advance with the teacher, as well as the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Baragetti Stefania
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Baragetti Stefania
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Vagni Giacomo
Unita' didattica D
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Vagni Giacomo

O-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Title of the course: "History and interpretation of the literary text" (80 hours, 12 cfu)

Teaching part A (20 hours, 3 cfu): The first centuries [Sandra Carapezza]
Teaching part B (20 hours, 3 cfu): From Humanism to Baroque [Sandra Carapezza]
Teaching part C (20 hours, 3 cfu): "Gerusalemme liberata" by Torquato Tasso [Guglielmo Barucci]
Teaching part D (20 hours, 3 cfu): Elements of prosody, metre and rhetoric through texts of Italian literature [Guglielmo Barucci]

The first year course is aimed at undergraduate Humanities and Liberal Studies in Communication students whose surname begins with O-Z. Humanities students will take a 12 cfu exam; Liberal Studies in Communication students can choose between 6 (parts A and C) and 9 cfu (parts A, B, C). Students who take a 6 CFU exam will take only an oral exam.

The teaching programme of parts A and B focuses on the history of Italian literature from Origins to Baroque; teaching part C is dedicated to the analysis of Torquato Tasso's "Gerusalemme liberata" in its formal and cultural context; teaching part D will consist of an in-depth analysis and reading of poems and texts, providing the students with elements of metrics and rhetoric.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no required prerequisites. Yet, Humanities students who have passed the entrance examination with a score lower than 25 in the section "Text comprehension" must fulfill additional learning obligations (OFA, Obblighi formativi aggiuntivi) according to the provisions of the Humanities Study Program, as indicated in Course website. All Humanities students enrolled in 2021 must consult the Course website page about OFA.
Teaching methods
The course will be offered in a lecture format; attendance is not mandatory, though strongly recommended.

Teaching parts A and B will be taught on texts included in the lecture notes. During the lectures, slide projections will be used. The focus will be on movements, authors and works and their cultural context; on the main critical problems of every topic, through quotations from critical essays and comparisons between different positions; on tradition and reception of works and texts; on their most interesting formal aspects. All the materials will be available on Ariel (http://ariel.unimi.it).
Analysis of the texts will start from paraphrase, paying attention to the most important differences in interpretation, and will consider the prominent cultural and formal elements.

In teaching part C, through the analysis of the commented edition of "Gerusalemme liberata", of the materials provided on Ariel, and of the critical bibliography, one of the most important works of Italian literature will be studied in its cultural, social and political context.
Teaching part C will provide an opportunity to refine critical and formal tools and to better learn the technical lexicon.
In teaching part D, the study of the materials available on Ariel will allow students to become acquainted with both the formal elements and continuity, transformation and intersection of the metric forms.
Teaching Resources
Teaching part A
Texts to be studied in teaching parts A and B will be available on the Ariel platform (Contenuti > Materiali Didattici) prior to the beginning of the class. Students are required to download the reading material from Ariel and bring it to each lesson. No course handouts will be provided.

A full knowledge of the historical and cultural context of works and authors is strictly necessary.

A good handbook for high schools with a wide anthological selection is recommended (e.g. Guglielmino-Grosser, Il sistema letterario, Milano, Principato; Grosser, Il canone letterario, Milano, Principato; Segre-Martignoni, Leggere il mondo, Milano, Bruno Mondadori; Alfano-Italia-Russo-Tomasi, Letteratura italiana, Milano, Mondadori).

Teaching part B
See Teaching part A.

Teaching part C
Text:
"Gerusalemme liberata", edited by F. Tomasi, Milano, Rizzoli BUR.

An overall knowledge of the work (composition, structure, plot, topics, style) is required; cantos and ottavas specifically required for the exam wil be defined at the end of the course.

More texts to be discussed in the class will be available on Ariel.

Attending students will study three of the following texts:

- E. Ardissino, Storia e frammenti in L'Aspra tragedia. Poesia e sacro in Torquato Tasso, Firenze, Olschki, 1996, pp. 15-52;
- F. Ferretti, 'Quasi un picciol mondo' dantesco: allegoria e finzione nella Liberata, in «Lettere italiane», LV, 2003, pp. 169-195;
- F. Ferretti, Sacra scrittura e riscrittura epica. Tasso, la Bibbia e la Gerusalemme liberata, in Sotto il cielo delle scritture: Bibbia, retorica e letteratura religiosa, atti del Colloquio organizzato dal Dipartimento di italianistica dell'Università di Bologna (Bologna, 16-17 novembre 2007), Firenze, Olschki, 2009, pp. 193-213;
- R. Ruggiero, Fra errore di fortuna e arte del vero. Rinaldo e Armida nel sistema letterario della Liberata, in «Schede umanistiche», XVII, 2003, pp. 47-97;
- E. Russo, A ritmo di corrieri. Sulla revisione della Liberata, in Festina lente. Il tempo della scrittura nella letteratura del Cinquecento, a cura di C. Cssiani e M.C. Figorilli, Roma, Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2014, pp. 183-203;
- G. Scianatico, Il «meraviglioso tassiano» in L'arme pietose. Studio sulla Gerusalemme liberata, Venezia, Marsilio, 1990, pp. 113-150;
- A. Soldani, Forme della narrazione nel Tasso epico, in «Italianistica» 35 (2006), n. 3, pp. 23-44;
- E. Stoppino, "Onde è tassato l'Ariosto". Appunti sulla tradizione del romanzo nella Gerusalemme liberata, in «Strumenti critici», XVI, 2001, pp. 225-244.

Students are required to come to the exam with a written list of the chosen texts.

Teaching part D
Texts for part D will be provided on Ariel prior to the beginning of the course.

Furthermore, students will study the following texts:
- Chapter 4, or chapter 5, or chapter 8 in "Il sonetto italiano dalle origini a oggi", edited by Fabio Magro and Arnaldo Soldani, Carocci, 2017
- one of the following text:
a) G. Gorni, La canzone, in Metrica e analisi letteraria, Bologna, il Mulino, 1993, 15-62 (o in Letteratura italiana, edited by A. Asor Rosa, III, Le forme del testo. I. Testo e poesia, Torino, Einaudi, 1984)
b) G. Gorni, Le ballate di Dante e del Petrarca, in Metrica e analisi letteraria, Bologna, il Mulino, 1993, 219-242 (or in Letteratura italiana, edited by A. Asor Rosa, III, Le forme del testo. I. Testo e poesia, Torino, Einaudi, 1984)
c) A. Martini, Ritratto del madrigale poetico fra Cinque e Seicento, in "Lettere italiane", XXXIII, 1981, 529-548
d) M. Picchio Simonelli, La sestina dantesca fra Arnaut Daniel e il Petrarca, in Figure foniche dal Petrarca ai petrarchisti, Firenze, Licosa, 1978, 1-15

Useful reference tools will be the following:

a) for metre and poetic forms:
F. Bausi e M. Martelli, La metrica italiana. Teoria e storia, Firenze, Le Lettere.
P. Beltrami, Gli strumenti della poesia, Bologna, Il Mulino.
G. Lavezzi, Manuale di metrica italiana, Roma, NIS.

b) for rethoric:
B. Mortara Garavelli, Il parlar figurato. Manualetto di figure retoriche, Roma-Bari, Laterza.

BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS:

Teaching parts A and B
For teaching parts A and B, the programme is the same as for attending students.

Teaching part C
Text:
"Gerusalemme liberata", edited by F. Tomasi, Milano, Rizzoli BUR.

An overall knowledge of the work (composition, structure, plot, topics, style) is required; cantos and ottavas specifically required for the exam wil be defined at the end of the course.

Non-attending students will study;
C. Gigante, Tasso, Roma, Salerno ed., 2007, chapters III, V-VIII (pages 76-94 and 124-221).
E. Russo, Guida alla lettura della Gerusalemme liberata di Tasso, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014.

Furthermore, two of the following texts:

- E. Ardissino, Storia e frammenti in L'Aspra tragedia. Poesia e sacro in Torquato Tasso, Firenze, Olschki, 1996, pp. 15-52;
- G. Barucci, «Questi fia del tuo sangue» (GL X). La profezia per Solimano: una sconfitta tra storia e destino, in «Critica letteraria», XLV, 1, 174/2017, pp. 22-35;
- M. Farnetti, Clorinda, la descrizione impossibile, in Ecfrasi, Modelli ed esempi fra Medioevo e Rinascimento, edited by G. Venturi e M. Farnetti, Bulzoni, 2004, pp. 367-90;
- F. Ferretti, 'Quasi un picciol mondo' dantesco: allegoria e finzione nella Liberata, in «Lettere italiane», LV, 2003, pp. 169-195
- F. Ferretti, Sacra scrittura e riscrittura epica. Tasso, la Bibbia e la Gerusalemme liberata, in Sotto il cielo delle scritture: Bibbia, retorica e letteratura religiosa, atti del Colloquio organizzato dal Dipartimento di italianistica dell'Università di Bologna (Bologna, 16-17 novembre 2007), Firenze, Olschki, 2009, pp. 193-213
- R. Ruggiero, Fra errore di fortuna e arte del vero. Rinaldo e Armida nel sistema letterario della Liberata, in «Schede umanistiche», XVII, 2003, pp. 47-97;
- E. Russo, A ritmo di corrieri. Sulla revisione della Liberata, in Festina lente. Il tempo della scrittura nella letteratura del Cinquecento, a cura di C. Cssiani e M.C. Figorilli, Roma, Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2014, pp. 183-203
- G. Scianatico, Il «meraviglioso tassiano» in L'arme pietose. Studio sulla Gerusalemme liberata, Venezia, Marsilio, 1990, pp. 113-150;
- A. Soldani, Forme della narrazione nel Tasso epico, in «Italianistica» 35 (2006), n. 3, pp. 23-44.
- E. Stoppino, "Onde è tassato l'Ariosto". Appunti sulla tradizione del romanzo nella Gerusalemme liberata, in «Strumenti critici», XVI, 2001, pp. 225-244.
- S. Zatti, Il linguaggio della dissimulazione nella Gerusalemme liberata, in Forma e parola. Studi in memoria di Fredi Chiappelli, Roma, Bulzoni, 1992, pp. 423-447

Students are required to come to the exam with a written list of the chosen texts.

Teaching part D
Texts for part D will be provided on Ariel prior to the beginning of the course.
Furthermore, non-attending students will study the following texts:
- Chapter 4, or chapter 5, or chapter 8 in "Il sonetto italiano dalle origini a oggi", edited by Fabio Magro and Arnaldo Soldani, Carocci, 2017
- two of the following text:
a) G. Gorni, La canzone, in Metrica e analisi letteraria, Bologna, il Mulino, 1993, 15-62 (o in Letteratura italiana, edited by A. Asor Rosa, III, Le forme del testo. I. Testo e poesia, Torino, Einaudi, 1984)
b) G. Gorni, Le ballate di Dante e del Petrarca, in Metrica e analisi letteraria, Bologna, il Mulino, 1993, 219-242 (or in Letteratura italiana, edited by A. Asor Rosa, III, Le forme del testo. I. Testo e poesia, Torino, Einaudi, 1984)
c) A. Martini, Ritratto del madrigale poetico fra Cinque e Seicento, in "Lettere italiane", XXXIII, 1981, 529-548
d) M. Picchio Simonelli, La sestina dantesca fra Arnaut Daniel e il Petrarca, in Figure foniche dal Petrarca ai petrarchisti, Firenze, Licosa, 1978, 1-15

Useful reference tools will be the following:

a) for metre and poetic forms:
F. Bausi e M. Martelli, La metrica italiana. Teoria e storia, Firenze, Le Lettere.
P. Beltrami, Gli strumenti della poesia, Bologna, Il Mulino.
G. Lavezzi, Manuale di metrica italiana, Roma, NIS.

b) for rethoric:
B. Mortara Garavelli, Il parlar figurato. Manualetto di figure retoriche, Roma-Bari, Laterza.

Non-attending students are strongly recommended to contact the teacher via email for further information (for the timetable, check in advance the Who and Where on Unimi homepage).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam for 12 or 9 cfu consists of a preliminary written test on teaching parts A and B and an oral test on teaching parts C and D (only C for a 9 cfu exam); both are aimed at ascertaining students' knowledge of the bibliography. The 6 CFU exam consists of an oral test on teaching parts A and C.

The written test is held in January, May and September 2022; passing the written test is a prerequisite for access to the oral exam. Written tests will be graded sufficient, discreet, good, excellent and will be part of the final overall grade. Grades of the written test will be published on Ariel in the specifically dedicated section.

The written test, lasting 90 minutes, consists of three open-ended questions: a question for each part A and part B focuses on the authors, works or literary movements listed in the programme, and a third question which consists in the recognition and paraphrase of one of the texts in the programme. Students who, on the basis of the entrance examination, had to take the OFA "Text comprehnsion" course and have passed its final exam will not have to take the third question.

The criteria used to assess students' performance are relevance, completeness and correctness; the ability to elaborate an organic and coherent response, to adopt the proper formal register and to employ the appropriate specialized lexicon; for the third question, the ability to adequately render a text showing a satisfactory knowledge of the literary language will be considered.

The oral test consists of an interview and discussion on fundamental topics of the work dealt with in part C and on poetic forms and meters. The student, when required, will still have to demonstrate a full ability to paraphrase the text. The criteria used to assess students' performance are: ability to critically organise information from lessons and bibliography; competence to comprehensively and effectively expose problems and questions using proper technical lenguage.

The final grade will be expressed in the 30 grade point system, and it will take into consideration the grade of the written test.

Non-attending students, International students and Erasmus students are invited to contact the professor via email for further information on the exam.

Examination methods for students with disabilities or SLD must be defined with the teacher in agreement with the University Disability and SLD Services.
Unita' didattica A
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Carapezza Sandra
Unita' didattica B
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Carapezza Sandra
Unita' didattica C
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Barucci Guglielmo
Unita' didattica D
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Barucci Guglielmo
Professor(s)
Reception:
Tuesday 10.15-13.15 a.m. (from 28th Sept.). Starting from 28th Sept. Prof. Baldassari will meet students in person, by appointment, but it will be possible to schedule an appointing on Teams by email.
Department of Literary Studies, Philology and Linguistics, Unit of Modern Studies, first floor (online, via Microsoft Teams https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a368ad2fb165349c6841ed2a7d1ead903%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId
Reception:
Since September 2021, office hours will be in praesentia, on monday 14.30-17.30, by appointment only. Nevertheless, due to multiple administrative tasks, appointments could be given in other days.
Department of Literary Studies, Philology and Linguistics; sector Modern Philology, 1st floor, via Francesco Sforza