32595 - Romance Philology 1 (LM)

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  • Teacher Patrizia Caraffi

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-FIL-LET/09

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

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

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Feb 15, 2023 to Mar 22, 2023


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 2022/2023

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 , 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, 16th, 2023:

Wednesday, 17.15-18.45

Thursday 17.15-18.45

Friday, 15.30-17.00



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"

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).

edizione A. Quondam, M. Fiorilla, G. Alfano, BUR (online on 'risorse didattiche'


ed. V. Branca 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)
on Virtuale


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




Teaching methods

Lessons, seminars and conferences held by external scholars.

Lesson attendance is strongly recommended.



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