Italian literature (p)
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE
Language of instruction
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni), Sem. IB
Historical knowledge of Italian Literature from Seventeenth Century to Italian Unification (1861) with regard to its texts, contests, influences and codifications. Critical bibliography and essential tools and implements to understand literary forms and structures.
Prerequisites: Complete knowledge of the former Italian literary tradition (from the beginning to the Sixteenth Century) is required; before taking Letteratura Italiana Exam (p), students must have passed the Letteratura Italiana exam (i) for 12 cfu.
Course content: For the introductory part: presentation of the main movements and authors of the Italian literary tradition from Seventeenth Century to Italian Unification (1861) making reference to exemplary texts.
The second part of the course will be dedicate to: I promessi sposi di Alessandro Manzoni
Reference Texts: For the introductory part: Gino Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, Firenze, Le Monnier Università, 2011 (the section: Dalla Nuova Scienza all’epica risorgimentale). Students will complete this study with a selection of the main authors of our literary tradition from Seventeenth Century to Italian Unification (available in e-learning platform). Worktexts will be suggested during the lectures.
Non attending students will demonstrate to be able to analyze:
G.B. Marino: a passage from Adone;
G. Galilei: a passage from Saggiatore or Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo;
C. Goldoni: choise of one act of any comedy play;
G. Parini: one ode and one passage from Il Giorno;
V. Alfieri: one act of Mirra and one passage from Vita;
U. Foscolo: two sonnets and one section of Dei Sepolcri;
G. Leopardi: three cantos and one choise from Operette morali;
A. Manzoni: one poem and one passage from I Promessi Sposi;
A written list of the students choises must be shown during the exam.
For the second part of the exam:
Unabriged reading of Alessandro Manzoni, I promessi sposi. Any edition of the novel is accepted provided unabridged and commented.
One of the following texts (two for non attending students):
Alfredo Cottignoli, Manzoni: guida ai Promessi sposi, Roma Carocci
Vincenzo Di Benedetto, Guida ai Promessi sposi: i personaggi, la gente, le idealità, Milano, Rizzoli-BUR
Ezio Raimondi, Il romanzo senza idillio. Saggio sui Promessi sposi, Torino, Einaudi
Salvatore Silvano Nigro, La tabacchiera di Don Lisander. Saggio sui Promessi sposi, Torino, Einaudi
Vittorio Spinazzola, Il libro per tutti. Saggio sui Promessi sposi, Roma, Editori Riuniti
Teaching methods: Lectures and reading and text interpretation exercises. Seminars and papers.
Oral test on every single point of the syllabus.