02609 - Italian Contemporary Literature

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

This course intends to provide a critical and cultural awareness in contemporary Italian literature and civilization. For this purpose, literary texts are always analyzed as open shapes, focusing on the relationships among their tradition and cultural legacies. We will also read together and discuss a corpus of prose works through many examples of comparative analysis and practice on different methods.

Course contents

The Contemporary Historical Novel

The course is worth nine credits for the duration of ten weeks, amounting to 60 hours of lessons.

The first weeks will be introductory and dedicated to the presentation of authors in the programme. In subsequent weeks we will increase knowledge of individual authors develop a comparative reading of texts in the programme.


Students will fully read the following books:

I modulo (30 ore)

Alessandro Manzoni, Storia della Colonna infame, a cura di L. Weber, Pisa, ETS, 2009.

Leonardo Sciascia, Morte dell'Inquisitore, Milano, Adephi, 1992.

Maria Rosa Cutrufelli, I bambini della ginestra, Frassinelli, Milano 2011.


II modulo (30 ore)

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Il gattopardo, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2009

Salvatore Satta, Il giorno del giudizio, Milano, Adelphi, 1992.


Students will study the following critical tests:

Sergia Adamo, La giustizia del dimanticato. Sulla linea giudiziaria nella letteratura italiana del Novecento, in Postmodern Impegno, cura di P. P. Antonello, F. Mussgnug, Bern, Peter Lang, pp. 259-287.

Vittorio Spinazzola, Il romanzo antistorico, Roma, Editori Riuniti, 1990, cap. "La stanchezza dell'ultimo Gattopardo".

Alessandro Carrera, “Il Gattopardo” e “Il giorno del giudizio”: due romanzi postcoloniali?, in Salvatore Satta, oltre il giudizio, Il diritto, il romanzo, la vita, a cura di U. Collu, Roma, Donzelli, 2005, pp. 29-51.

Teaching methods

The lessons are, most of all, lectures held by the teacher. During the lessons, students will be encouraged to participate. We will use also some tools to support teaching, especially power-point. Movies and documentaries will be shown for the contextualization of readings scheduled. Finally, scholars will be invited for some specific issues and for the presentation of some texts and authors.

Assessment methods

The oral test consists in an oral interview which has the aim of evaluating the critical and methodological ability of the students. The students will be invited to discuss the tests on the course programme. The student must demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of the bibliography in the course programme.

Those students who are able to demonstrate a wide and systematic understanding of the issues covered during the lessons, are able to use these critically and who master the field-specific language of the discipline will be given a mark of excellence.

Those students who demonstrate a mnemonic knowledge of the subject with a more superficial analytical ability and ability to synthesize, a correct command of the language but not always appropriate, will be given a ‘fair' mark.

A superficial knowledge and understanding of the material, a scarce analytical and expressive ability that is not always appropriate will be rewarded with a pass mark or just above a pass mark.

Teaching tools

In addition to lectures, held by the teacher, audiovisual tools will be used to support the teaching. Students will also be invited to bring a significant contribution to enreach the issues upon which the course focuses.

Office hours

See the website of Giuliana Benvenuti

See the website of Angela Di Fazio