Italian literature

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The first part intends to offer some exemplary critical readings taken from the main texts of the Italian literary tradition. The second will deepen in a monographic form a work, an author or a literary current.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the main currents of Italian medieval, early modern and 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
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
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 and modern literature: lyric poetry, chivalric poems in ottava rima, prose.
In the second Part (B: 20 hours) the focus is on Alessandro Manzoni's "Storia della colonna infame"
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
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Part A. All texts and other materials are available on the dedicated course website in the Ariel portal.
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.
For the preparation it is essential to have a secure historical and cultural classification of authors and works. It is advisable to use a good manual for high schools with a wide anthological choice: for example GUGLIELMINO-GROSSER, Il sistema letterario, Milano, Principato; GROSSER, Il canone letterario, Milano, Principato; SEGRE-MARTIGNONI, Leggere il mondo, Milano, Bruno Mondadori.

Part B. The students are requested to read Alessandro Manzoni's "Storia della colonna infame". The edition recommended is: Alessandro Manzoni, "Storia della colonna infame", edited by Luigi Weber, Pisa, ETS, 2009. The complete programme will be uploaded to the Ariel portal at the end of the class.
Reference critical bibliography:
- Luigi Weber, Due diversi deliri. Manzoni storico dei fatti della peste e della rivoluzione francese, Ravenna, Pozzi, 2013 (solo il cap. I, "«Facta atque infecta»: Manzoni e l'infezione della verità");
- Quinto Marini, Dopo il romanzo. La «Storia della colonna infame», «La rassegna della letteratura italiana», 2014, f. 1, pp. 24-38;
- Giulia Raboni, Verità della storia e verità dell'arte. Sulla prima 'Colonna infame' e la sua elaborazione, «Filologia italiana», 12, 2015, pp. 121-142.
The slides projected during the lessons are an integral part of the exam material; the slides will be made available to students on the Ariel platform at the end of each part of the course

Non-Italian mother-tongue students may contact the teacher (cristina.cappelletti@unimi.it) to set an alternative bibliography.

ADDITIONAL READINGS FOR NON ATTENDING STUDENTS
- Luigi Weber, Due diversi deliri. Manzoni storico dei fatti della peste e della rivoluzione francese, Ravenna, Pozzi, 2013 (solo il cap. I, "«Facta atque infecta»: Manzoni e l'infezione della verità");
- Quinto Marini, Dopo il romanzo. La «Storia della colonna infame», «La rassegna della letteratura italiana», 2014, f. 1, pp. 24-38;
- Giulia Raboni, Verità della storia e verità dell'arte. Sulla prima 'Colonna infame' e la sua elaborazione, «Filologia italiana», 12, 2015, pp. 121-142.
The slides projected during the lessons are an integral part of the exam material; the slides will be made available to students on the Ariel platform at the end of each part of the course

The programme is valid until February 2023.
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 2022 and in January 2023; 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 are focused 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 a 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

(E-O)

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Specific infos regarding the teaching set-up for 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, depending on the pandemic situation.
Course syllabus
The class is subdivided into two units.

Unit 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 Unit 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 writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, Luigi Capuana and Ennio Flaiano.
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
Unit A
Course materials are uploaded in the Ariel portal: https://ariel.unimi.it

Unit B

Texts

Luigi Capuana, Il Marchese di Roccaverdina, any edition

EITHER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:
Ennio Flaiano, Tempo di uccidere, any edition,
OR
Ennio Flaiano, La solitudine del satiro, any edition

CriticIsm
Gino Ruozzi, Ennio Flaiano. Una verità personale, Carocci

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

Additional readings for non-attending students

for Capuana, Giacinta, any edition;
and for Flaiano, either Tempo di uccidere or La solitudine del satiro, depending on the previous choice.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written + oral exam:

at the end of the class, either in November or December, a two-hour written exam on Unit 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 (Unit 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 Unit 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
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
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 and modern literature: lyric poetry, chivalric poems in ottava rima, prose.
In the second Part (B: 20 hours) the focus is on Giacomo Leopardi's "Operette morali"
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 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 Giacomo Leopardi's "Operette morali". The edition recommended is: G. Leopardi, "Operette morali", a cura di L. Melosi, Milano, Rizzoli BUR. 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.

ADDITIONAL READINGS FOR NON ATTENDING STUDENTS
Emilio Russo, Ridere del mondo. La lezioni di Leopardi, Bologna, ilMulino

The programme is valid until February 2023.
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 2022 and in January 2023; 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 are focused 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 a 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