67310 - Northern Literatures (LM)

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  • Teacher Alessandro Zironi

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-LIN/15

  • 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 Sep 27, 2022 to Nov 09, 2022


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

Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the classes the student will have theoretical and methodological instruments in order to know Nordic literatures.Nordic literatures it means literary expressions in Danish, Feroese, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish languages, from the very beginnings to the contemporary age. Due to the strong linguistic and cultural similitude, the classes will follow a comparatistic approach to Nordic literatures taking into account also other arts (painting, movie, music, etc.). The student will be able to know the most important social aspects of the Nordic culture which will be useful in a larger humanistic learning.

Course contents

1st Semester: (from 26th September) 30 hours (6 CFU)

The outsider in the context of Nordic society

We are often used to thinking that Nordic society is welcoming, equal, open to diversity. However, the reality is very different: literature helps us to understand how even in the far north of Europe there is the figure of the outsider, of the person who does not fit into the rules of coexistence dictated by the majority. The path will propose some texts in which the theme of social otherness will be the common thread.



- Jens Peter Jacobsen, Marie Grubbe, Milano, Carbonio, 2019

- Henrik Ibsen, Casa di bambola, traduzione a cura di A Rho, Torino, Einaudi, 1972 (or any other edition)

- Selma Lagerlöf, Bandito, Milano, Iperborea, 2022

- Gunnar Gunnarsson, Il pastore d'Islanda, Milano, Iperborea, 2016

- Jorgen-Frantz Jacobsen, Barbara, Milano-Roma, Rizzoli, 1941



- Materials (videos, powerpoint presentations etc.) charged on Virtuale platform.

- Storia delle letterature scandinave. Dalle origini a oggi, a cura di Massimo Ciaravolo, Milano, Iperborea, 2019,  pp. 254-258; 281-292; 300-313; 341-347; 493-496; 511; 621-629; 728.

- other essays suggested by the teacher and charged on Virtuale platform.

Non attending students:

To the previous bibliography it must be added:

- Davidson, Peter, L'idea di Nord, Roma, Donzelli, 2005.

  - Scipio Slapater, Ibsen, (any edition)

Teaching methods

Front lessons. No recording of the lessons will be provided.

Assessment methods

The exam consists inan oral interview. During the interview the methodological and critical skills acquired by the student willbe evaluated. The student will be invited to discuss the texts covered during the course andtomove within the sources and bibliographical material in order to be able to identify in them the useful information that will enableto illustrate the similarities and cultural areas of the discipline. The achievementof an organic vision of the issues addressed during the classes and theircritical use, which demonstrateownership of a mastery of expression and specific language, will be assessed with marks of excellence. Mechanical and / or mnemonic knowledge of matter, synthesis and analysis of non-articulating and / or correct language but not always appropriatewill lead to discrete assessments; training gaps and / or inappropriate language - although in a context of minimal knowledgeof the material - will lead to votes that will not exceed the sufficiency. Training gaps, inappropriate language, lack of guidance within the reference materials offered during the course will lead to failed assessments.

Teaching tools

During the course, some audiovisual material will be used. Teaching material will be posted on the web platform of the course.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Zironi