Literary culture and genres of modernity

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer an in-depth know-how 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
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for a. a. 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
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 family novel/Familienroman
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
Module A
U. Schulz Buschhaus, Il sistema letterario nella civiltà borghese, Unicopli, pp. 11-120; V. Spinazzola, Critica della lettura, pp.12-168 Edizioni GoWare; "Non poteva staccarsene senza lacerarsi" Per una genealogia del romanzo familiare italiano essays by G. Scarfone, i. Pupo, E. Abignente (available for free download online…) e Il romanzo di famiglia oggi . "Enthimema" n. 20 2017 essays by E. Canzaniello e E. Abignente, available for free download online….

Module B
Primary Literature: E. Morante, Menzogna e sortilegio, (Einaudi), Aracoeli (Einaudi); N. Ginzburg, Lessico famigliare, (Einaudi ET); C. Sereni, il gioco dei regni, (Giunti); Zerocalcare, Dimentica il mio nome, (Bao publishing)
Secondary literature:
G. Rosa Elsa Morante, il Mulino, chapters I and II (pp. 9-57) ; D. Scarpa, Cronistoria di "Lessico famigliare" , Einaudi ET, (pp. 215-261); E. Gambaro, Da "Casalinghitudine" a "Il gioco dei regni": il romanzo familiare per Clara Sereni and A. Farina, Per avvicinare il calice: Clara Sereni e lo spazio della politica, in Per Clara Sereni, scrittrice impura e sconfinante, ed. F.Caputo, (Cierre edizioni 2021)

Additional bibliography for not-attending students:
Module A
V. Spinazzola, Il funzionalismo di Antonio Gramsci, in Critica della lettura, pp. 170-187.

Module B
G.. Rosa, Elsa Morante, il Mulino chapter VI (pp. 141-162); E. Gambaro, L'io nascosto di "Lessico famigliare" in EAD:, Diventare autrice (Unicopli, pp. 115-192), P. V. Scricciolo, Genealogia femminile e matrilinearità scrittoria in Per Clara Sereni, (pp. 75-98); L.Gallarini, Zerocalcare e la profezia di Malefix, in "Tirature '16".
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