32595 - Romance Philology 1 (LM)

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  • Teacher Patrizia Caraffi

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-FIL-LET/09

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Modern, Post-Colonial and Comparative Literatures (cod. 0981)

  • Course Timetable from Feb 10, 2022 to Apr 22, 2022


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

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student acquires the tools of philological and stylistic analysis applied to text analysis. He/She is introduced to the knowledge of the system of literary genres (lyric, epic, novel, allegorical poem, theatrical "jeu" ...) and to some of the main works of the Medieval Romanic tradition

Course contents

The Courtly Garden in the Literatures of the Romance Middle Ages

The course aims to study, from a comparative and gender perspective, the various representations of the medieval garden - complex and dense system of symbols and knowledge, kingdom of harmony and example of biodiversity - in the main literary genres in the Middle Ages novel: novel , lai, story, short story. Selected pages of medieval French, Spanish and Italian literature will be read, translated and commented.


Main topics of the course:

The Courtly Garden; the magic garden; the Flower Maidens; Eve and the serpent woman; women-trees and women's trees; memory of Paradise, Morgana and Melusina; the healers; enchantements and metamorphoses; archetypes; filters and potions; the garden of poisons; Boccaccio's garden.

COURSE TIMETABLE, from February, 10th, 2022:

Thursday 15.30-17.00, FICLIT

Friday, 15.30-17.00, FICLIT



Béroul, Il romanzo di Tristano, edizioni dell'Orso or in Tristan et Iseut, Livres de Poche

Chrétien de Troyes, Erec e Enide, Carocci : "Erec and the Joy of the Court"

Robert d'Orbigny, Le Conte de Floire et Blanchefleur, Champion Classiques

Guillaume de Lorris - Jean de Meun, The Romance of the Rose (only Guillaume de Lorris)

Razón de amor (online)

Roman d'Alexandre: The Flower-Maidens episode  (online)

Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron: “Proemio, Introduzione alla I giornata, Introduzione alla III giornata; Le novelle: IV, 1 (Tancredi), IV,5 (Elisabetta), IV, 6 (Andreuola), IV,7 (Simona e Pasquino), IV, 9 (Guglielmo Rossiglione), V, 8 (Nastagio), X, 5 (Madonna Dianora). Online: ‘Decameron Web’ https://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/ or ‘Biblioteca Italiana’ http://www.bibliotecaitaliana.it/

Bibliography of Secondary Texts (essays, articles, volumes)
In Progress


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; non attending students are bound to prepare extra texts readings.

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Teaching tools

Multimedia devices

Office hours

See the website of Patrizia Caraffi