Modern italian literature

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-FIL-LET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims: 1) to provide student with advanced preparation on authors, themes and trends of Modern Italian Literature, through the reading and analysis of literary texts and critical essays; 2) to give the instruments and the critical methods for the interpretation of literary texts, and for the evaluation of the critical bibliography; 3) to improve the critical thinking skills.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledges: the main lines of evolution of modern Italian Literature, within the framework of historical-cultural context and of peculiarities of literary and linguistical history; the instruments and the critical methods useful to analyze and interpretate texts; the main lines of history of the critical literature referring to the studied period, according to the most recent tendencies of scientific studies.

Competencies: Comprehension and punctual analysis of the literary text, within the framework of the relevant historical-cultural contexts, using the critical literature and developing capability of selection; capability of autonomous confrontation and judgement; capability of define and discussing problems of interpretation, with awareness of the different methodological perspectives; capability of preparing a scientific bibliography and programming a research work; capability of expressing clairly and properly, using the appropriate specialized vocabulary of the discipline.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second 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
Part A (20 hours, 3 CFU): The Self-Memory in Vittorio Alfieri's "Vita" [Stefania Baragetti]
Part B (20 hours, 3 CFU): Ugo Foscolo and "Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis" [Stefania Baragetti]
Part C (20 hours, 3 CFU): Alessandro Manzoni's "Adelchi" [Gabriele Baldassari]

Parts A and B aim to illustrate two works in prose 'exemplary' of literary modernity: Vittorio Alfieri's "Vita" and Ugo Foscolo's "Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis".
Starting from the analysis of the autobiographical genre in the Eighteenth century, the part A will be dedicated to the commentary of Alfieri's "Vita", on several levels: structure, arguments, models, linguistic choices, the relationships established with the remaining production of Alfieri, the analysis of the authoritative critical positions. A similar exegetical model will also be adopted for the analysis of Foscolo'"Ortis" (part B), the most famous Italian epistolary novel written between the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries.
Particular attention will also be paid to the success of these literary works (in literary and civil perspective) and to the reconstruction of their compositional and editorial aspects.
Part C will be linked to the previous parts and will focus on Alessandro Manzoni's tragic masterpiece, its relationship with the genre of tragedy on the one hand and with the history of the early nineteenth century and the birth of the Risorgimento movement on the other. Particular attention will be paid to the stages of composition of the tragedy.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements for the admission. However, a good preparation in Italian literature, studied during the first three years of University, is recommended.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. Frontal lectures aim primarily at the acquisition of knowledge through the discussion with the teacher, in order to promote the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge. Therefore, will be encouraged the participation of students, who will intervene with requests for further information and with reflections on the analysis and critical discussion of the literary texts examined.
Volunteer students can do an individual exercise of commentary that will be presented in class or developed in a short essay (to be delivered at the end of the course), in order to test the skills learned, as well as to measure themselves with bibliographic resources and methodologies for interpreting the literary texts. Students will find the text to comment (by one of the three authors analyzed during the lessons) in a list that will be published on Ariel at the beginning of the course. Individual work will contribute to the final evaluation of the exam.
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

Part A

Text
Alfieri'"Vita" in this edition: Vittorio Alfieri, "Vita", ed. by Carla Forno, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2020.

Bibliography
1. Giuseppe Nicoletti, "Introduzione alla autobiografia italiana del Settecento", in Id., "La memoria illuminata: autobiografia e letteratura fra Rivoluzione e Risorgimento", Firenze, Vallecchi, 1989, pp. 5-66.

2. Students must prepare three essays between the following ones [please note that the two essays of Arnaldo Di Benedetto are considered like one essay]:

- Bartolo Anglani, "Il personaggio della «Vita»", in Id., "L'altro io: Vittorio Alfieri. Autobiografia e identità", Alessandria, Edizioni dell'Orso, 2018, pp. 1-83.
- Andrea Battistini, "Vita scritta da esso", in "Letture alfieriane", ed. by Gino Tellini, Firenze, Edizioni Polistampa, 2003, pp. 13-34.
- Simona Costa, "Il «cannocchiale rovesciato»: mito e storia nell'infanzia alfieriana", in Ead., "Lo specchio di Narciso: autoritratto di un «homme de lettres». Su Alfieri autobiografo", Bulzoni, Roma, 1986, pp. 63-95.
- Arnaldo Di Benedetto, "Della vita d'Alfieri. Verità e poesia e Vittorio Alfieri viaggiatore in Italia e in Europa", in Id., "Con e intorno a Vittorio Alfieri", Firenze, Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2013, pp. 73-85 e 117-128.
- Guido Santato, "La vita e i viaggi. Il tempo e lo spazio nell'Alfieri viaggiatore", in Id., "Letteratura italiana del secondo Settecento. Protagonisti e percorsi", Modena, Mucchi, 2003, pp. 279-307.
- Gino Tellini, "Storia e romanzo dell'io nella «bizzarra mistura» della «Vita»", in "Alfieri in Toscana", Acts of the International Congress of Studies (Florence, 19-21 ottobre 2000), ed. by Gino Tellini and Roberta Turchi, Firenze, Olschki, 2002, 2 voll., vol. I, pp. 203-219 (the same essay is also present in Gino Tellini, "Filologia e storiografia da Tasso al Novecento", Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2002, pp. 11-28).

Part B

Text
Foscolo'"Ortis" in one of these two editions (free choice):

1. Ugo Foscolo, "Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis", ed. by Giovanna Ioli, Torino, Einaudi, 1995 (or subsequent reprints; the last one: 2019).
2. Ugo Foscolo, "Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis", introduction, text and commentary by Maria Antonietta Terzoli, Roma, Carocci, 2012.

Bibliography
Students must prepare three essays between the following ones:

- Alfredo Cottignoli, "Lo stile delle passioni. L'«Ortis» ed il Foscolo autocritico della «Notizia bibliografica»", in "Foscolo critico", ed. by Claudia Berra, Paolo Borsa, Giulia Ravera, Milano, Università degli Studi, 2017, pp. 1-16 (available here: https://riviste.unimi.it/quadernidigargnano/article/view/10968/pdf).
- Christian Del Vento, "Un allievo della rivoluzione. Ugo Foscolo dal «noviziato letterario» al «nuovo classicismo» (1795-1806)", Bologna, Clueb, 2003, pp. 67-114 e 161-192.
- Enzo Neppi, "Le origini del romanzo "moderno" secondo Foscolo: la Julie, il Werther e Jacopo Ortis", in "Foscolo critico", ed. by Claudia Berra, Paolo Borsa, Giulia Ravera, Milano, Università degli Studi, 2017, pp. 29-48 (available here: https://riviste.unimi.it/quadernidigargnano/article/view/10970/pdf).
- Matteo Palumbo, "Le «Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis»: il sistema del romanzo", in Id., "Saggi sulla prosa di Ugo Foscolo", Napoli, Liguori, 1994, pp. 41-116.

Part C

Text
Alessandro Manzoni, "Adelchi", a cura di Gilberto Lonardi, commento e note di Paola Azzolini, Venezia, Marsilio.

Critical readings will be indicated at the beginning of the course.


Non-attending students

Part A

Text
Alfieri'"Vita" in this edition: Vittorio Alfieri, "Vita", ed. by Carla Forno, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2020.

Bibliography
Students must prepare these essays:

- Bartolo Anglani, "Il personaggio della «Vita»", in Id., "L'altro io: Vittorio Alfieri. Autobiografia e identità", Alessandria, Edizioni dell'Orso, 2018, pp. 1-83.
- Andrea Battistini, "Vita scritta da esso", in "Letture alfieriane", ed. by Gino Tellini, Firenze, Edizioni Polistampa, 2003, pp. 13-34.
- Simona Costa, "Il «cannocchiale rovesciato»: mito e storia nell'infanzia alfieriana", in Ead., "Lo specchio di Narciso: autoritratto di un «homme de lettres». Su Alfieri autobiografo", Bulzoni, Roma, 1986, pp. 63-95.
- Arnaldo Di Benedetto, "Della vita d'Alfieri. Verità e poesia e Vittorio Alfieri viaggiatore in Italia e in Europa", in Id., "Con e intorno a Vittorio Alfieri", Firenze, Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2013, pp. 73-85 e 117-128.
- Giuseppe Nicoletti, "Introduzione alla autobiografia italiana del Settecento", in Id., "La memoria illuminata: autobiografia e letteratura fra Rivoluzione e Risorgimento", Firenze, Vallecchi, 1989, pp. 5-66.
- Guido Santato, "La vita e i viaggi. Il tempo e lo spazio nell'Alfieri viaggiatore", in Id., "Letteratura italiana del secondo Settecento. Protagonisti e percorsi", Modena, Mucchi, 2003, pp. 279-307.
- Gino Tellini, "Storia e romanzo dell'io nella «bizzarra mistura» della «Vita»", in "Alfieri in Toscana", Acts of the International Congress of Studies (Florence, 19-21 ottobre 2000), ed. by Gino Tellini and Roberta Turchi, Firenze, Olschki, 2002, 2 voll., vol. I, pp. 203-219 (the same essay is also present in Gino Tellini, "Filologia e storiografia da Tasso al Novecento", Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2002, pp. 11-28).

Part B

Text:
Foscolo'"Ortis" in one of these two editions (free choice):

1. Ugo Foscolo, "Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis", ed. by Giovanna Ioli, Torino, Einaudi, 1995 (or subsequent reprints; the last one: 2019).
2. Ugo Foscolo, "Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis", introduction, text and commentary by Maria Antonietta Terzoli, Roma, Carocci, 2012.

Bibliography
1. Students must prepare three essays between the following ones:

- Alfredo Cottignoli, "Lo stile delle passioni. L'«Ortis» ed il Foscolo autocritico della «Notizia bibliografica»", in "Foscolo critico", ed. by Claudia Berra, Paolo Borsa, Giulia Ravera, Milano, Università degli Studi, 2017, pp. 1-16 (available here: https://riviste.unimi.it/quadernidigargnano/article/view/10968/pdf).
- Christian Del Vento, "Un allievo della rivoluzione. Ugo Foscolo dal «noviziato letterario» al «nuovo classicismo» (1795-1806)", Bologna, Clueb, 2003, pp. 67-114 e 161-192.
- Enzo Neppi, "Le origini del romanzo "moderno" secondo Foscolo: la Julie, il Werther e Jacopo Ortis", in "Foscolo critico", ed. by Claudia Berra, Paolo Borsa, Giulia Ravera, Milano, Università degli Studi, 2017, pp. 29-48 (available here: https://riviste.unimi.it/quadernidigargnano/article/view/10970/pdf).
- Matteo Palumbo, "Le «Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis»: il sistema del romanzo", in Id., "Saggi sulla prosa di Ugo Foscolo", Napoli, Liguori, 1994, pp. 41-116.

2. Students must prepare this monograph: Maria Antonietta Terzoli, "Foscolo", Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2000 (or subsequent reprints).

Part C

Text
Alessandro Manzoni, "Adelchi", a cura di Gilberto Lonardi, commento e note di Paola Azzolini, Venezia, Marsilio.

Critical readings will be indicated at the beginning of the course.

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral examination, intended to verify the knowledge of the contents on the programme. The reading of the texts will start from the paraphrase and then will be highlighted the most significant thematic and conceptual elements; the critical bibliography indicated in the programme will offer a useful support for the discussion of the contents.
The evaluation will take into account the ability to formulate an organic response, to adopt the right formal register and use the appropriate specialized vocabulary, to recognize and discuss interpretative issues, to analyze the various levels of a literary text (structure, themes, style, intertextuality) in relation to the historical-cultural context.
The final evaluation will be determined in 30s.
In defining the final evaluation, the commentary exercises carried out by volunteer students (short essay or class report) will be taken into account (see the section "Teaching methods").
The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, 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(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