30931 - Italian Literature 1 (GR. C)

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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

At the end of the course the student is expected to have a deep knowledge on diachronical aspects of the Italian literary tradition, knows the critical discussion on the keys issues about texts and authors and is able to use the main tools of the methodological analysis of texts and contexts.

Course contents

1 Module: Types of Comic

The first module is dedicated to comic in literature. The first part will be focus on Boccaccio with in-depth studies Decameron (10 novels), the second part is dedicated to the reading of Machiavelli.

2 Module: Between Poetry and Theater

The second module is dedicated to surveys in the literature of the Middle Ages and the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, divided between poetry and theatre. The first part of the module is dedicated to an in-depth study of Dante's Inferno, the second to the reading of selected texts by Goldoni and Pascoli.


1 Module. Recommended readings (Prof.ssa L. Michelacci):

Letteratura italiana.1 Dalle origini al Seicento, a cura di Andrea Battistini, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014 (vol 1:  Boccaccio, pp. 165-189; Machiavelli, pp 317-331).
Boccaccio, Decameron, Proemio; Introduzione; , 1; II 7; III 1; IV, 1; V, 4; VI, 3 e 7; VII 5; IX 2; X 6 e 10.
Please note that you can read the text in the websites:
www.letteraturaitaliana.net/gli autori/Boccaccio Giovanni/Decameron
www.liberliber.it/Autori/Boccaccio, Giovanni/Decameron www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/
E' altresì richiesto lo studio dei seguenti testi critici:

FRANCESCO BAUSI, Leggere il "Decameron", Bologna, il Mulino, 2017;N. Machiavelli, Mandragola,edited by G.Davico Bonino, Milano, BUR Rizzoli, 2013;

2 Module. Recommended readings (Prof.ssa Rosa Necchi):

For the general section of the module, is expected the study of the part related to Dante Alighieri in Letteratura italiana. Dalle origini al Seicento, edited by A. Battistini, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014, pp. 79-126).

The preparation of ten cantos of Dante's Inferno is required (cantos I, III, V, X, XIII, XV, XIX, XXVI, XXVII, XXXIII). It is advisable to use a recent annotated edition. Among the most up-to-date are those edited by E. Pasquini - A. Quaglio, Milano, Garzanti, 1988; B. Garavelli - L. Magugliani, Milan, BUR Rizzoli, 2001; T. Di Salvo, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2003; A. M. Chiavacci Leonardi, Milan, Mondadori, 2007; P. Stoppelli, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2008. The text and commentaries are also available at web: dante.dartmouth.edu.
For the second part of the module, the reading and critical study of C. Goldoni, La bottega del caffè, introduction by L. Lunari, chronology, foreword to the text, bibliography and notes by C. Pedretti, Milan, BUR Rizzoli, 1984 (or subsequent editions); G. Pascoli, Poesie, choice of texts and introduction by L. Baldacci, notes by M. Cucchi, Milan, Garzanti, 1994 (or subsequent editions), pp. 36 (I puffini dell'Adriatico), 50 (Orfano), 58 (Arano), 60 (Lavandare), 93-94 (X Agosto), 110-111 (L'assiuolo, Temporale), 112-113 (Dopo l'acquazzone, Pioggia), 115-116 (Novembre), 137 (Il lampo, Il tuono), 140-141 (Nevicata), 496-497 (Nebbia), 498-500 (Notte d'inverno), 527-528 (Il gelsomino notturno), 536-537 (La mia sera), 547-550 (La cavalla storna). The texts are also available on www.bibliotecaitaliana.it.

Please note: the second module of the course will be held by Prof. Rosa Necchi https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/rosa.necchi/didattica/2021

Teaching methods

The course will be divided in frontal lessons and laboratories on the texts.

Assessment methods

The evaluation of the students' competencies and abilities acquired during the course consists of two phases:
a written test leading up to and preparatory to the specific subjects contained in the course programme, and an oral test aimed at ascertaining a general knowledge of all the subjects covered during the course.
The written test responds to criteria relating to orthography, morphology, syntax and semantics, clarity of expression, the ability to summarize.
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. Access to the oral test depends on having passed the written test. The final mark is not a mathematical average of the two tests.

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.

Students who demonstrate gaps in their knowledge of the subject matter, inappropriate language use, lack of familiarity with the literature in the programme bibliography will not be given a pass mark.

Teaching tools

Audio and video aids may be used in support of lectures.

Office hours

See the website of Lara Michelacci

See the website of Rosa Necchi