00562 - Italian Literature (CL1)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Forli
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Intercultural and Linguistic Mediation (cod. 8059)

Learning outcomes

The student - knows the fundamental elements (contents, methods and tools) for the analysis of Italian literary civilization - is able to use them on specific texts in the field of Italian literature - is able to autonomously develop further knowledge and analytic-literary skills of a higher level and to apply them to other specific literary texts.

Course contents

A first part of the course, of a general type, will be aimed at providing a framework including the fundamental features of the history of Italian culture and literature of the late twentieth century. The second part, of a monographic nature, will focus on the figure and work of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), in the run-up to the centenary of his birth. A figure of enormous importance of the second half of the twentieth century, Pier Paolo Pasolini went through, perhaps more than any other intellectual of the time, many forms of literary and artistic expression: he was a poet, novelist, playwright, film director, literary critic and journalist, also if he liked to define himself simply as a "writer". In his writings he was able from time to time to deal with the great social, civil and cultural themes of Italy of the last century: fascism and Resistance, post-war politics, the advent of neocapitalism in the phase of the economic boom, the transformation of middle and working class, 1968 and the tragedy of the “strategy of tension”, the condition of art and the artist in society. Provocative in life and works, Pasolini occupies a central role in the culture of contemporary Italy. With each of his works he expressed the will to fight, even alone, against those institutions and mechanisms of consensus that deprive human beings of their authenticity.


For the preparation of the first part (the general one) it is advisable to refer to Roberto Carnero - Giuseppe Iannaccone, Volti e luoghi della letteratura, volume 3 / B (Dalla Prima guerra mondiale a oggi), Giunti TVP Editori - Treccani (ISBN: 8809892879) or to any other good Italian literature handbook with anthology of texts for secondary school (for example the one already used in the fifth year of high school). The handbook will not necessarily be "studied" entirely, but must be used as a constant point of reference for the reconstruction of the historical-cultural and historical-literary context within which Pasolini was trained and worked. For the preparation of the second part (of a monographic type, specifically dedicated to Pasolini's work), students are requested to study the following books:

- Roberto Carnero, Morire per le idee. Vita letteraria di Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bompiani;

- Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ragazzi di vita, Garzanti;

- Pier Paolo Pasolini, L'odore dell'India, Garzanti;

- Pier Paolo Pasolini, Scritti corsari, Garzanti.

Teaching methods

Lectures, text analysis and commentary, use of multimedia products.

Assessment methods

The final exam will consist of a written test. The objectives of the test will be related to the measurement of the learning outcomes expected by the students; the contents of the test will concern the topics covered in the course; the method of assessment will consist in the proposal of an open answer path (discussion of a topic or "essay") to be carried out in 90 minutes; evaluation method: overall grade out of thirty. There are no intermediate or partial tests. If due to particular circumstances the test cannot be held in person, alternative methods to those described above may be established by the Lecturer.

Evaluation grid

30-28: in-depth knowledge of the course contents; language that is always exact and precise and of excellent argumentative clarity (the attribution of distinction presupposes, in addition to the previous requirements, a strong and original personal reworking);

27-26: in-depth knowledge of the contents; language mostly exact and congruous and of good argumentative clarity;

25-24: discrete knowledge of the contents; overall correct language, even if characterized by some inaccuracies;

23-21: sufficient knowledge of the course topics; language not always correct; presence of excessive simplifications of concepts;

20-18: overall sufficient knowledge, even if sometimes incomplete, of the contents; incorrect language, characterized by generalizations, inconsistencies and trivializations of concepts;

test not passed: serious gaps in the preparation that testify an overall insufficient knowledge of the course contents and/or incorrect and inadequate critical language with frequent misunderstandings.

Office hours

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