Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-FIL-LET/14 - CRITICAL COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
The teaching is organized as follows:
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere)
The learning outcomes of the class “Letterature Comparate” L11 LLS lead students to acquire a knowledge of both the comparative methodologies and an overview of the topics related to both theory of literature and comparative literature. Through the application of the comparative tools, the subject of the course is analyzed in relation to the relative conceptual junctions. At the core of the analysis there is the comparison of texts belonging to different literary traditions, both diachronically and synchronously. At the end of the course, the student must demonstrate that he has acquired adequate knowledge and skills in the fields of comparative literature and literary theoy (knowledge and understanding); of having acquired the ability to learn and understand, and being able to argue and defend a position (learning skills); to be able to convey information, ideas, problems related to the subject imparted (making judgements).
Title: "Les Revenants"
The course aims to illustrate, from a comparative perspective, the phenomenon of spiritism, and in particular the figure of the spirit medium, in literature, history and more generally in Western culture, between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The discussion will also involve a synthesis of the spirit phenomenon in antiquity
A) Critical texts
1) Massimo Scotti, "Storia degli spettri", Milano, Feltrinelli, 2013 [ISBN] 978-88-07-88199-2
2) Raffaele Caterina, "Storie di locazioni e di fantasmi", Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2011 [ISBN] 978-88-498-3108-5
3) Andrea De Luca, "La scienza, la morte, gli spiriti", Venezia, Marsilio, 2019 [ISBN] 978-88-317-4288-7
4) Jean-Claude Schmitt, "Les Revenants", Paris, Gallimard, 1994 [ISBN] 88-420-4719-8
5) Julia Briggs, "Night Visitors", London, Faber, 1977, [ISBN] 0571111130
6) Francesco Zingaropoli e Cesare Lombroso, "Spiriti inquilini: le case infestate fra palcoscenici e tribunali", a cura di Gabriele Mina, Nardò, Besa, 2008 [ISBN] 978-88-497-0529-4
7) James Matthew Barrie, "Farewell, Miss Julie Logan", New York, Scribner's, 1932
8) Théophile Gautier, "Spirite", Wimereux, Éditions du Sagittaire, 2010 [ISBN] 9782917202166
9) Alfred Dõblin, "Reiseverkehr mit dem Jenseits", in "Erzãhlungen aus fūnf Jahrzehnten", Zürich-Düsseldorf, Walter-Verlag, 1979.
10) Henry James, "The Ghostly Rental", in "The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories", London, Penguin, 2017 [ISBN] 9780141389752, più i testi distribuiti in fotocopie (saggi di Virginia Woolf e Leon Edel)
11) Antonia S. Byatt, "The Conjugal Angel", in "Angels and Insects", London, Vintage, 1993 [ISBN] 0099224313
12) Sarah Waters, "The Little Stranger", London, Virago, 2009 [ISBN] 9781844086016 e [ISBN] 9781844086023
Sarah Waters, “Affinity”, London, Virago, 2000 [ISBN] 9781860496929
13) Agatha Christie, "The Sittaford Mystery", London, Harper, 2017 [ISBN] 9780008196233
14) Henry James, “The Bostonians”, edited by Daniel Karlin, Cambridge University Press, 2019 [ISBN] 9781107003989
In view of the exam, attending students (i.e. those attending classroom lessons) will be required to study two texts in depth for each of the three sections.
Therefore, for section A) Critical texts: the number 1, plus another chosen from 2 to 6; for section B) Short stories: two texts to be chosen from 7 to 10; for section C) Novels: two chosen texts from 11 to 14; the qualifications selected by each candidate will be reported on a list to be presented for the exam.
A specific program will be established for non-attending students.
Visualizza la bibliografia con Leganto, strumento che il Sistema Bibliotecario mette a disposizione per recuperare i testi in programma d'esame in modo semplice e innovativo.
During the exam (which entitles you to 6 credits) the knowledge of the topics and the analytical skills developed by the student will be ascertained.
The interview that will form the core of the exam will aim to verify:
- the depth and breadth of the knowledge acquired
- the ownership of language and the mastery of adequate technical terminology
- the ability to analytically compare styles, texts, themes, authors, periods, literary genres
- analytical and argumentative ability.
In particular, the teacher will appreciate a critical, personal and possibly original analysis of the topics covered, not a tired repetition. Of the texts, for example, it will be more interesting to highlight the peculiarities and the literary value compared to the narration of the plot, which will be taken for granted.
MM: parte II
Oral test. The abilities acquired during the course will be evaluated through an oral test aimed at ascertaining a deep knowledge of all the topics covered during the course. The oral test consists in an interview aimed at evaluating the students' critical and methodological skills. Students will be invited to discuss the texts in the reading list and comment on them. Therefore students must demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of the recommended reading list. Students who demonstrate gaps in their knowledge of the main topics, inappropriate language skills, lack of familiarity with the syllabus reading list will not be given a pass mark.