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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 able to see literary phenomena in a wider field than that of individual national literatures and to face the problems of comparative research method. It can explore literary forms and examine the interweaving of relationships between different national cultures, studying the relations between literature and other languages, and reconstructing literary themes of long duration and supranational scope, with particular attention to those of migration, as well as the literary texts that are its expression.

Course contents

a. Comparative literature: tools and methods. During the first part of the lessons will be presented tools and methods for the comparative study of literature, with particular attention to the literature of the Mediterranean countries.

b. The figure of the foreigner: a thematic path. It will then be addressed a thematic path with the use of an innovative teaching methodology: the teacher will take some lessons to introduce the literary theme of the foreigner, then students will work in groups, with the guidance of the teacher, and at the end of the course each group will prepare a Power Point presentation on the chosen authors


a. Critical texts to prepare (for all students, attending and non-attending):

Letterature comparate, edited by Francesco de Cristofaro, Roma, Carocci, 2014.

Remo Ceserani, Lo straniero, Bari, Laterza, 1998.

b. Literary texts discussed in class (for attending students only). Literary texts will be commented on in class and made available on the Unibo website: the teaching materials uploaded to Virtual are therefore reserved for attending students. In place of the specialized part carried out in class (point b of the bibliography), non-attending students are required to prepare in full, others to the texts indicated in point a, the volume edited by Giuliana Benvenuti and Remo Ceserani, Literature in the global age, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012.

Teaching methods

Lectures with reading and commentary of the texts

Historical framework and comparison of literary texts

Comparison and discussion of critical assumptions

Assessment methods

The course includes an oral exam, which will be divided into general and specialized parts. For the general part, the student must demonstrate a basic knowledge of the methodologies and research tools necessary for a comparative study of literature. The examination will then cover, for the specialized course, the knowledge of the theme addressed, with references to the bibliography required: the student will discuss the texts indicated in the program, proving to know how to place them chronologically, to insert them within a cultural tradition and to know how to compare them in a historical and theoretical perspective.

The overall outcome of the exam will be: insufficient in case of linguistic and expressive deficiencies, as well as lack or erroneous commentary on the scheduled texts; sufficient in case of correct linguistic expression, possession of the basic manuals knowledge and understanding of the texts indicated in the program; good in case of expressive mastery and safe knowledge of the manual and the texts in the program; excellent in case of excellent expressive ability and thorough knowledge of the manual and texts in the program.

Teaching tools

Presentations in Power Point

Projection of images and literary texts to be commented on in class

Use of the platform TEAMS for the innovative teaching part

Office hours

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