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 2022/2023

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: Violations
The module investigates the theme of violation (of speech, bodies, psyche, environment) in the literature of the Middle Ages and the 19th century. The first part is dedicated to Fosca by Igino Ugo Tarchetti, the second to the reading of selected tales from Boccaccio's Decameron. The module includes a meeting with Alessandra Sarchi, author of the novel Violazione (2012). The first part of the course participates in the teaching innovation project.

2 Module: Earthly and Otherworldly Journeys

The module is devoted to surveys in the literature of the Middle Ages and the 18th century, conducted through the analysis of the theme of the journey. The first part of the module is devoted to an in-depth study of Dante's Inferno, the second to the reading of selected texts by Vittorio Alfieri.


1 Module (Prof. Lara Michelacci)

The study of the following textbook is required: Letteratura italiana. Manuale per studi universitariItalian Literature (From the origins to the mid-sixteenth century and 2. Da Tasso a fine Ottocento), edited by G. Alfano, P. Italia, E. Russo, F. Tomasi, Florence, Mondadori Università, 2018 (vol 1: Boccaccio, pp. 243-300; Scapigliatura and Tarchetti, pp 607-624). The course includes the reading and in-depth critical examination of the following texts and essays:

1) Fosca by Igino Ugo Tarchetti in a recent economical edition; M. A. Bazzocchi, Fosca fantasmagoria erotica and G. Rosa, L'eros conturbante di Fosca in La questione romantica: Igino Ugo Tarchetti 150 dopo, vol. 13,-1-2, 2021.The text without notes and commentary is also available online:https://www.liberliber.it/online/autori/autori-t/iginio-ugo-tarchetti/fosca/

2) Decameron, in a recent annotated edition: Proem; Introduction; I, 1; II 7; III 1; IV, 1; V, 4; VI, 3 and 7; VII 5; IX 2; X 6 and 10.

The text, without notes and commentary, is available on the following websites:
www.letteraturaitaliana.net/gli authors/Boccaccio Giovanni/Decameron
www.liberliber.it/Autori/Boccaccio, Giovanni/Decameron www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/
The study of the following critical texts is also required:

FRANCESCO BAUSI, Leggere il "Decameron", Bologna, il Mulino, 2017

It is also required to read the novel Violazione (Turin, Einaudi, 2012) by Alessandra Sarchi.

2 Module  (Prof. Rosa Necchi)

In the textbook G. Alfano - P. Italia - E. Russo - F. Tomasi, Letteratura italiana. Manuale per studi universitari, Florence, Mondadori Università, 2018, vol. I, Dalle Origini a metà Cinquecento (From the origins to the mid-sixteenth century), the study of the part on Dante Alighieri is envisaged (pp. 95-180); in vol. II, From Tasso to the end of the nineteenth century, the study of the part relating to Vittorio Alfieri is envisaged (pp. 319-350).
The preparation of ten cantos of Dante's Inferno is required (cantos I, III, V, VI, X, XIII, XXI, XXVI, XXXII, XXXIII). A recent annotated edition is recommended. Among the most up-to-date are those edited by E. Pasquini - A. Quaglio, Milan, Garzanti, 1988; B. Garavelli - L. Magugliani, Milan, Rizzoli, 2001; T. Di Salvo, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2003; A. M. Chiavacci Leonardi, Milan, Mondadori, 2007; G. Inglese, Rome, Carocci, 2007; P. Stoppelli, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2008; C. Ossola, Venice, Marsilio, 2021. The text and commentaries are also available on the website dante.dartmouth.edu.
For the second part of the module, the reading and in-depth critical study of V. Alfieri, Vita, edited by C. Forno, Milan, Feltrinelli, 2020 (or other complete edition with introduction and commentary) is required. In addition to the Vita, and together with a preliminary definition of the genres of autobiography and travel literature in the 18th century, presented through textual exemplifications and also open to European stimuli and perspectives, selected excerpts from the Satire (with particular regard to I viaggi) and poems from Alfieri's Rime (provided on the Virtual platform) will be analysed. The text of the Vita alfieriana, without notes and commentary, can also be found on the portals www.bibliotecaitaliana.it and www.liberliber.it.
In-depth material, an integral part of the programme, will be published on the Virtual platform.

Please note: the second module of the course will be held by Prof. Rosa Necchi https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/rosa.necchi/didattica/2022

Teaching methods

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

Please take note: The first module of the course ( Prof. Michelacci), is part of the project of innovative didactics of the University of Bologna and will be combine place-based formal classes with online educational materials and opportunities for interaction. Further information on how the course will be conducted will be provided at the beginning of the course.

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.

Non attending students are required to do the same readings and to study the same bibliography of attending students.

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