Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
L-FIL-LET/10 - ITALIAN LITERATURE
Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.
The main aim of the course is the detailed study of Italian literature through the close analysis of a group of literary texts, which have a meaningful role in the literary and cultural international context. At the end of the course the student will be able to: - analyse and consider a literary text as a complex form, in constant dialogue with other literatures and cultures, in particular in their translation and international circulation - show competency in the framework of Italian literature’s European and extra-European tradition
The «Decameron» and its Renaissance European legacy.
The first part of the course will be devoted to Giovanni Boccaccio’s «Decameron», which will be analysed taking into account its topics, aims, structure, and language. The relations with other Boccaccio’s meaningful works from both a structural (the «Filocolo» and its “questioni d’amore”) and an ideological point of view (philogyny and misogyny from the «Elegia di madonna Fiammetta» to the «Corbaccio») will be thoroughly studied.
The second part of the course will deal with the reception of Boccaccio’s novellas in Renaissance Europe, considering in particular France and England. The analysis will focus on translations and rewritings of specific tales, but also on French and English examples of collections of novellas based on Italian models, such as Margherita of Navarra’s «Heptaméron», William Painter’s «The Palace of Pleasure», and George Whetstone’s «An Heptameron of Civil Discourses».
Taught classes. Analysis and interpretation of meaningful novellas and their French and English rewritings and translations.
The e-learning platform will be used to provide students with further teaching material.
Weekly office hours will be arranged throughout the academic year (2019/2020), as shown on the professor’s web page.
Bibliography for ATTENDING students:
For the first part:
a) a complete edition of the «Decameron»
(suggested editions: Giovanni Boccaccio, "Decameron", ed. by A. Quondam, M. Fiorilla and G. Alfano, Milano, BUR; Giovanni Boccaccio, "Decameron", ed. by V. Branca, Torino, Einaudi; Giovanni Boccaccio, "Decameron", ed. by V. Branca, Milano, Oscar Mondadori)
NB: Students have to read the "Decameron" IN FULL.
b) Luigi Surdich, "Boccaccio", Bologna, il Mulino, 2008.
c) ONE of the following books:
- Giancarlo Alfano, “Introduzione alla lettura del ‘Decameron’ di Boccaccio”, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014;
- Francesco Bausi, “Leggere il ‘Decameron’”, Bologna, il Mulino, 2017.
For the second part:
a) Robin Kirkpatrick, “English and Italian Literature from Dante to Shakespeare”, New York, Longman, 1995 (chapters 1, 2, 6, 8);
b) Guyda Armstrong, “The English Boccaccio. A History in Books”, Toronto-Buffalo-London, University of Toronto Press, 2013 (chapter 3);
c) Yvonne Rodax, “The Real and the Ideal in the Novella of Italy, France and England. Four Centuries of Change in the Boccaccian Tale”, Chapel Hill, The University of California Press, 1968 (chapters 5 and 7).
Further bibliographical material, which MUST be studied for the final examination, will be given during classes and loaded into the e-learning platform.
NON-ATTENDING student must study BOTH the aforementioned bibliography AND the following texts:
a) G. Chiecchi, "Nell’arte narrativa di Giovanni Boccaccio", Firenze, Olschki, 2017.
b) P. Salzman, “Placing Tudor Fiction”, in «The Yearbook of English Studies», 38, 1/2, 2008, pp. 136-149.
c) M. Wyatt, "The Italian Encounter with Tudor England. A Cultural Politics of Translation", New York, Cambridge University Press, 2005: only chapter 4.
||O edizioni alternative come indicato dal programma
||English and Italian Literature from Dante to Shakespeare. A Study of Source, Analogue and Divergence
||SOLO capp. 1, 2, 6, 8
||Introduzione alla lettura del ‘Decameron’ di Boccaccio
||Leggere il Decameron
||The English Boccaccio. A History in Books
||University of Toronto Press
||SOLO capitolo 3
||The Real and the Ideal in the Novella of Italy, France and England. Four Centuries of Change in the Boccaccian Tale
||The University of California Press
||capp. 5 e 7
There will be a final oral exam, which will be carried out in the same way for both attending and non-attending students.
Students must demonstrate a good knowledge of:
1) the «Decameron»’s topics, aims, structure, and language;
2) the relationships between the «Decameron» and the other literary works by Boccaccio;
3) the reception of Boccaccio’s novellas in the European context.
Students will also have to prove to be able to analyse, comment and contextualise the novellas studied during the course.