32603 - Romance Philology 2 (2nd cycle)

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Modern, Post-Colonial and Comparative Literatures (cod. 0981)

Learning outcomes

The student deepens his knowledge of the philological method and Romance literature of the Middle Ages through the "close reading" of a choice of texts. He/She acquires awareness, even theoretical, of the Alterity and Modernity of Medieval literature.

Course contents

How to tragically kill a woman. Gender-based violence in the Middle Ages.

The course will address the unresolved issue of gender-based violence in some exemplary texts of Medieval Romance Literature.

COURSE TIMETABLE, from February, 14, 2022



Maria di Francia, Lais, Carocci

Chrétien de Troyes, Philomena (available online) or  La historia de la Doncella Teodor  (available online)

Boccaccio, Decameron, a cura di A. Quondam, M. Fiorilla, G. Alfano, BUR Classici: Proemio, Introduzione alla I giornata; le novelle II, 7 (Alatiel), II, 9 (Bernabò da Genova), IV, 1 (Tancredi), IV, 5 (Elisabetta), IV, 9 (Guglielmo Rossiglione), V, 8 (Nastagio), X, 10 (Griselda)

ed. A. Quondam, M. Fiorilla, G. Alfano, BUR

 Online ed V. Branca in: Decameron Web’ https://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/ oppure or

in ‘Biblioteca Italiana’http://www.bibliotecaitaliana.it/


Two tests of your choice between:

Chrétien de Troyes, Erec e Enide, Carocci

Philippe de Remi, La Manekine, edizioni dell'Orso

Heldris di Cornovaglia, Il romanzo di Silence (online - SBA)

Christine de Pizan, La Città delle Dame, Carocci

 Flamenca, Carocci, (online - SBA)

Juan de Flores, Grisel y Mirabella (available online)

Juan Rodríguez del Padrón, Schiavo d'amore, Carocci

Libro de Apolonio, Carocci


B)  Bibliography of Secondary texts (essays, articles, volumes: online


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



Teaching methods

Lessons, seminars and conferences given by external scholars.

It is strongly recommended to attend the lessons.

Assessment methods

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

Teaching tools

Multimedia resources (films, audio and image projection, PowerPoint, weblinks).

Office hours

See the website of Patrizia Caraffi


Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.