75826 - Comparative Medieval Literatures (1)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Humanities (cod. 8850)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students know - through the study of key texts and their historical and cultural contexts and through the investigation of specific critical issues - topics and major works of medieval literature. They are able to use linguistic and philological methodologies and apply them to the analysis of the origin and development of the major European literary genres (lyric poetry, novel, short story, etc..) in a comparative perspective.

Course contents


The course aims to study, from a comparative and gender perspective, the metamorphosis and disguise in some of the main works of the Medieval Romance tradition, with examples from the Modern and Contemporary literature, cinema and visual arts.




- Thomas, Tristano e Isotta, Mucchi

- Béroul, Il romanzo di Tristano, edizioni dell'Orso

- Heldris di Cornovaglia, Il romanzo di Silence, Carocci ( also available in digital format in the Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo) or Il Bel cavaliere sconosciuto, Carocci

- Maria di Francia, Lais, Carocci, (available online: risorse didattiche)

- Alexandre de Paris, Roman d'Alexandre, l'episodio delle fanciulle-fiore ( available online: risorse didattiche)

Chrétien de Troyes, Philomena (available online: risorse didattiche) or Il lai di narciso, Carocci or Piramo e Tisbe, Carocci

Bibliography of Secondary Texts (essays, articles, volumes): online.


CONFERENCES: schedules will be published on the professor's web site page.

Teaching methods

Lessons, seminars and conferences given by external scholars.

Lesson attendance is strongly recommended.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral test. The knowledge of the individual topics covered during the course, the ability to contextualize the cultural and literary phenomena and to identify the elements of originality of the texts studied, the ability to personal and critical re-elaboration of the reference bibliography and the language properties will be evaluated with top marks. A manual competence without any interpretative support will be considered to be positive but will not be given a high grade. Training gaps, superficial analyses, inappropriate and confused language will make the evaluation insufficient.


Teaching tools

Multimedia resources (films, Power Point, audio and image projection, links to Internet sites, etc.)

Office hours

See the website of Patrizia Caraffi


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